"A European in Trump's Washington"
New York Times November 30, 2018
●For a European, visiting the United States these days is a bit like going to the dentist： Your mouth is agape, you smell trouble, and you leave with a lingering bad taste.
●What I found so disconcerting was the pervasive political polarization afflicting the country. It was also clear that America has become inward-looking and conspiracy-minded.
●And in Washington now, people are incapable of discussing anything but President Trump....It’s all Trump, all the time.
●In most European capitals, policymakers and the chattering classes want to believe that before too long, Mr. Trump will be gone and the world order will return.
●But here’s the dirty secret that I learned in my three months in Washington: That’s not true.
●The post-Trump world will not be the pre-Trump world.
●First, with his administration, Americans have lost confidence in their exceptionalism.
●Second, under the Trump presidency, rivalry with China has become the organizing principle of American foreign policy.
Excerpted by Chong-Pin Lin December 10, 2018
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