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All Politics is Local? Trump Politics is Personal

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You don’t need a conspiracy theory to explain Russian President Vladimir Putin’s hold on President Donald Trump, just like you don’t need to understand the history of U.S.-Iranian diplomacy to understand Trump's latest Twitter tirade threatening Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

 

You just need to know one thing: Trump is a narcissist, a man with boundless self-regard.

 

With a narcissist, flattery will get you everywhere. And Putin, as a former KGB agent and master manipulator, certainly knows how to flatter. Asked by a reporter in Helsinki earlier this month, “Did you want President Trump to win the election and did you direct any of your officials to help him do that?” Putin responded, “Yes, I did. Yes, I did.”

 
 

Former House Speaker Thomas P. (“Tip”) O’Neill Jr. coined a political axiom in “All politics is local.” Trump has his own version: All politics is personal. If Putin likes him and favored him in the 2016 election, nothing else matters.

 

Narcissism could be the key to Trump’s entire foreign policy. Because Trump’s cardinal rule of diplomacy is simple: A deal that he didn’t make cannot possibly be any good.

 

Such tactics may still be perceived as working by his base and some allies in Congress, but this personal, zero-sum type of diplomacy is not working when it comes to international treaties, nor is there evidence that is helping ease the threats posed by North Korea, Iran or — yes, it is still a threat — Russia. Maybe Putin has compromising material on Trump or maybe the American president is merely allowing his ego to sabotage himself, as he has over and over again these past two years. So sad!

 

Source - https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/no-collusion-trump-s-ego-bigger-threat-america-his-courtship-n...

 

 

 

 

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