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Donald Trump stands next to a genie’s lamp as the lights of his Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort light up during its opening in Atlantic City, N.J., April 5, 1990 (AP photo by Mike Derer).

Trump’s Foreign Policy Has Evolved Like His Business. It’s All Branding

Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018

Donald Trump campaigned for the presidency in 2016 based on his celebrity status and his reputation as a maverick businessman, vowing to run the country as he ran his real estate empire. The renegotiation of the trade deal with Mexico and Canada formerly known as NAFTA, announced this weekend, is the latest example of how in one striking way, he has been true to his word. The problem is that Trump was a more successful self-promoter than businessman, and the results are on display in the trade deal as well as other aspects of his foreign policy.

Early in his career, Trump forged a reputation as a brash and daring risk-taker. But after his first major triumph, the Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan, he engaged in a series of high-stakes gambles that, as almost universally predicted, all failed. Whether it was opening casinos in Atlantic City, fielding a team in an upstart professional football league or launching an eponymous airline, Trump basked in the glory of the opening-night marquee lights, then promptly ran all his ventures into the ground. ...

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