Trump Might Be Learning to Trust Expert Opinion. Will His Followers Follow Suit?

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, accompanied by President Donald Trump, speaks at a news conference in the East Room at the White House, Washington, April 12, 2017 (AP photo by Andrew Harnik).
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, accompanied by President Donald Trump, speaks at a news conference in the East Room at the White House, Washington, April 12, 2017 (AP photo by Andrew Harnik).
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In the information age, we can all access more information than we can absorb, so the choices we make about what sources to trust may make us dumber, not smarter. U.S. President Donald Trump is a prime example of a very casual approach to accessing information, more often from social media rather than subject-matter experts, whose influence on public policy is declining. As a result, leaders are more likely to make poor choices in responding to the international challenges they face. Watching Trump abruptly change his positions as he is exposed to more authoritative information about world problems is illustrative […]

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