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  Trump’s G20 Trip Was a Victory for Dictators
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AuthorJonah Shepp
News DateMonday, July 1, 2019 03:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionThese controversies over the wording of the communique matter, in part because they illustrate how Trump has shifted the U.S. position in opposition to the consensus of liberal democracies, but they’re hardly the most consequential of the president’s actions at and around the G20. In his statements and meetings on the sidelines of the summit, he gave explicit cover and support to authoritarian leaders, made concessions to adversaries, and threatened to tear up decades-old agreements with longstanding allies.

When Trump wasn’t posing for smiling snapshots with this all-star cast of brutal dictators, he was taking potshots at real U.S. allies like Europe and Japan. Prior to the summit, he said Europe “treats us worse than China” and repeated his talking point about NATO members not paying their fair share of costs, while also somehow claiming credit for the fact that NATO still exists at all. His talks with European leaders at the G20 were friendly enough, but seemed to skirt around the heaviest issues weighing on the American-European alliance.
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