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Anonymous Trumpkin Announces Bold, Yet Subtle and Sophisticated, New Foreign Policy

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  1. The best distillation of the Trump Doctrine I heard, though, came from a senior White House official with direct access to the president and his thinking. I was talking to this person several weeks ago, and I said, by way of introduction, that I thought it might perhaps be too early to discern a definitive Trump Doctrine.

    “No,” the official said. “There’s definitely a Trump Doctrine.”

    “What is it?” I asked. Here is the answer I received:

    “The Trump Doctrine is ‘We’re America, Bitch.’ That’s the Trump Doctrine.”

    It struck me almost immediately that this was the most acute, and attitudinally honest, description of the manner in which members of Trump’s team, and Trump himself, understand their role in the world.

      1. The Interior Minister turned away a boat with 650 refugees on it, as promised. He's actually the head of the 5 Star party, which had been thought to be less anti-immigrant and more "populist" than the other component of the coalition, Lega Nord (whose platform is separating prosperous northern Italy from the perennially impecunious south). Spain took them in.

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          1. I was going to say it looks like a handy-dandy, magic, dial-a-matic sponge sharpener.

  2. The second-best self-description of the Trump Doctrine I heard was this, from a senior national-security official: “Permanent destabilization creates American advantage.” The official who described this to me said Trump believes that keeping allies and adversaries alike perpetually off-balance necessarily benefits the United States, which is still the most powerful country on Earth. When I noted that America’s adversaries seem far less destabilized by Trump than do America’s allies, this official argued for strategic patience. “They’ll see over time that it doesn’t pay to argue with us.”

    UM…it's as least as likely that they'll see that it doesn't pay to work with us, asshole…


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