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Why would all this be acceptable to Trump? It sounds like a bad bargain. Not for him. He would want to weaken Europe anyway. If Putin wants the same thing, that would only help. He did not want those arrogant, college-educated Europeans to have any influence over America. They won’t lecture him on democracy. He heard somewhere the names of Montesquieu and de Tocqueville, but whoever they are, that’s not his concern. He knows very well what democracy is and how to keep it flourishing in the US. The recipe is simple: what is good for President Trump is good for American democracy.

The division of the world between Putin and Trump will leave out China, the world’s second-biggest economy. Trump promised to impose high tariffs on Chinese goods and stop outsourcing. China will respond in kind. Whether it will be good for either of them is doubtful. However, Trump’s protectionism might lead to unexpected consequences. It is likely to initiate an Asia for the Asians movement. There will be a rapprochement between old enemies, China and Japan, an alliance which India might also join.

What about Trump’s economic policies at home? He will reduce income tax for the workers and corporation tax for businesses. He will increase defence spending, and at the same time  find those paltry trillion dollars needed to bring American infrastructure up to date. Where will the money come from? Trees on which million-dollar notes grow are notoriously difficult to plant.

The main ingredient of Trump’s economic policy is protectionism. He is against the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta), which has reduced  trade barriers between the US, Canada and Mexico. He is against the Trans-Pacific Partnership and vehemently against the deal being negotiated between the US and the EU. Will he do a trade deal with the UK in preference to the EU? He will. He was one of the few Americans who welcomed the result of the Brexit referendum. Was this because of his Scottish origins? Unlikely, considering that Scotland voted to remain in the EU. He will support Brexit in order to show to members of the EU that anyone with an exit policy will be welcomed by the Trump administration.  

Will President Trump undermine democracy? He will do his best. His first job will be to purge the ranks of the Republicans. He will paraphrase Cesare Borgia’s motto: Aut Trump, aut nihil. Anyone less than totally loyal will be purged. Members of Congress will be in permanent fear of falling out of favour.

Fortunately the American political system has an antidote to too ambitious presidents: the midterm elections. With the inevitable failure of his policies, his popularity will tumble.  There will be a Democratic landslide. Trump will lose both the Senate and the House of Representatives. The president — unused to any constraint and having the backing of a Trumped Supreme Court — will try to rule by executive orders and presidential proclamations. There will be constant conflict with Congress. Impeachment procedures will start in year three. Trump will be impeached in year four. 
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Leon Haller
April 24th, 2017
11:04 AM
This is the worst article I have ever read at SP - unless it is farce, in which case it does mimic the weirdness of neocons and RINOs very well.

Alex from Ireland
January 18th, 2017
5:01 PM
I'm amazed a for-sale print magazine would publish this, lmao. I know 9 year olds who can play the role of ever-victim, supposition-spitting, fear-monger better. Politics aside, this is just a bad article. Good luck these next 8 years, pal. Maybe you can do some growing up between now and then.

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