Financial Times: World Fears “Trumpism” Is Here to Stay

Global observers view the outcome of US midterm elections as a test of the durability of Donald Trump’s policies. “If the Republicans do well, then many will conclude that ‘Trumpism’ is here to stay,” explains Gideon Rachman for the Financial Times. “The rest of the world would have to make a long-term adjustment to an America that is highly protectionist and suspicious of treaties on principle – whether they deal with climate change, arms control, refugees or migration. However, if the Democrats prosper on Tuesday night, then the US president’s foreign critics will cling on to the hope that the Trump years may yet turn out to be an aberration.” The comprehensive article reviews foreign policy implications: Iran and China, punished by US sanctions and tariffs, want Trump’s agenda stalled. The EU, Canada, Japan and other traditional US partners prefer respect for unity and global approaches. Britain hopes for a quick US trade deal. Leaders in Italy, Hungary and Poland support a harsh stance on immigration. Israel and Saudi Arabia prefer tough policies on Iran. Rachman warns against expecting big change. The US system of government, as designed, forces gradual change and he adds that elements of Trump’s agenda, including protectionism, halfhearted interventions in the Middle East and weariness with global commitments, are here to stay. – YaleGlobal

Financial Times: World Fears “Trumpism” Is Here to Stay

The world views US midterm elections as a test of whether Donald Trump has permanently changed America
Gideon Rachman
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

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Gideon Rachman became chief foreign affairs columnist for the Financial Times in July 2006. He joined the FT after a 15-year career at The Economist, which included spells as a foreign correspondent in Brussels, Washington and Bangkok. His particular interests include American foreign policy, the European Union and globalization.

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