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As Covid-19 threatens the Trump roadshow, an anxious world watches

Thanks to the coronavirus, his greatest strength until a few weeks ago could become his biggest liability

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It is both uniquely national, even intensely parochial on any given day, and yet it really matters hugely to the world, even here, beset though we are with our own problems.

I refer to the current spectacle of the US presidential election, which still has nearly eight months to go until voting day on November 3.

Just think for a moment about the three-year impact of the Trump presidency – a rolling trade dispute with China, the upending of international agreements, from Iran to climate change, and his impatience and unhappiness with unilateral concessions such as the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), on which our automotive industry exports depend.  His determined bid to assist Benjamin Netenyahu, by moving the US embassy to Jerusalem and offering a peace deal skewed entirely in favour of Israel, doubtless helped the embattled Israeli prime minister “win” (the full results are not yet known) the election there on Monday...

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