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Fighting On All Fronts: Trump's In The Ring

Fighting On All Fronts: Trump's In The Ring

“The American people elected a fighter,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders once said. Granted that was in defense of a Presidential tweet about a facelift, but Trump’s style is nothing if not confident and confrontational. It’s hard to think of a modern president who has (mostly by choice) had to fight on so many fronts, with such a low approval rating, and just one year of government experience.


Here’s a partial list of Trump’s biggest upcoming throwdowns:

Trade: Uncertain renegotiations of NAFTA and the free trade deal with South Korea are underway, while tensions with China are set to grow as Trump takes a harder line on Beijing’s trade practices and tries to shrink the trade deficit.

Geopolitics: Rocket Man and the Mullahs — killer band name, also two of the most serious foreign policy challenges in store for Trump this year. North Korea won’t budge on its nukes (see above), and Washington’s bid to roll back Iranian influence in the Middle East and potentially revise the Iran deal would have been main events even before Trump egged on anti-regime protests in the country last week.

Domestic: Whatever Bob Mueller manages to find (or not) on Trump will likely come to light this year, and don’t forget that Trump’s low approval rating could put his Congressional majority at risk in the November midterm elections. Bonus round: the fissures within the GOP that we wrote about a few weeks ago have gotten even more intriguing with the political defenestration of Sloppy Steve Bannon.

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Though celebrations will surely be more subdued this year, many Germans will still gather (virtually) on October 3 to celebrate thirty years since reunification.

After the fall of the Berlin Wall — and the subsequent collapse of the Soviet Union — Germany reunited in a process whereby the much wealthier West absorbed the East, with the aim of expanding individual freedoms and economic equality to all Germans.

But thirty years later, this project has — to a large extent — been difficult to pull off. The economic and quality of life gap is shrinking, but lingering inequality continues to impact both German society and politics.

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GZERO Media, in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Eurasia Group, today hosted its second virtual town hall on the hunt for a COVID-19 vaccine and the challenges of its distribution.

The panel was moderated by New York Times science and health reporter Apoorva Mandavilli and featured Gates Foundation's Deputy Director of Vaccines & Human Immunobiology, Lynda Stuart; Eurasia Group's Rohitesh Dhawan, Managing Director of Energy, Climate & Resources; Gates Foundation CEO Mark Suzman; and Gayle E. Smith, the president & CEO of ONE Campaign and former Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Watch the full video above.

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Donald Trump's presidency has irked a lot of people around the world. And in fairness, that's no surprise. He was elected in part to blow up long-standing assumptions about how international politics, trade, and diplomatic relations are supposed to work.

But while he has correctly identified some big challenges — adapting NATO to the 21st century, managing a more assertive China, or ending America's endless wars in Afghanistan and Iraq — his impulsive style, along with his restrictions on trade and immigration, have alienated many world leaders. Global polls show that favorable views of the US have plummeted to all-time lows in many countries, particularly among traditional American allies in Europe.

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