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Diplomacy trumps trade rhetoric

Threats Donald Trump made as a presidential candidate as well as US president, save for the TPP withdrawal, turn out to be just empty threats

Mr Trump, in one of his first decisions after entering office, announced the establishment of the National Trade Council office.


"SPEAK SOFTLY, and carry a big stick" was how former American President Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt described the style of his foreign policy.

US presidents should refrain from boasting or uttering idle threats when negotiating with foreign governments and world leaders....

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