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Trump’s trade war vanity

By Matt McManus      

This narrative of victimhood is consistent with Mr. Trump’s campaign invectives about how other countries were now “laughing” at the U.S., and how no one respected America’s strength anymore.

U.S. President Donald Trump's rhetoric around the tariffs is low on precision and examples, but very high in resentment and a sense of victimization, writes columnist Matt McManus. Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore
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U.S. President Donald Trump, at the end of May, slapped tariffs on a vast array of products coming from America’s allies including Europe, Mexico, and of course, Canada. This came months after he had initially flirted with starting a trade war, declaring that they are easy to win and therefore, in America’s best interest. Things got considerably worse at the G7 Summit, where Mr. Trump insulted Prime Minister Trudeau for holding a press conference, during which he characterized

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