There’s a slight possibility 🙂 that Trump understands his job, its duties, and his obligations as an American president.
Whatever his character, whatever he may say, and however he may feel, especially as regards feudal authoritarianism, he seem to err consistently with the greater American program in democracy. We have not left NATO; Ukraine has not been abandoned (and it has been receiving offensive weapons with America’s blessing); and Israel remains as it has for past American presidents, i.e., the persistent bridgehead of the west, an island of democratic processes and liberal values set against the absolutism of surrounding of dictatorships and generally repressive political cultures.
We may grant President Trump credit for doing his duty as the nation’s top elected official despite his many character issues and personal problems.
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