Liberals make risky bet on a Trump recession

Nobody deserves an economic downturn more than United States President Donald Trump. But forecasts of America's looming recession are, at the very least, premature.

That widely held expectation is driven partly by hope. It has become an article of faith among Mr Trump's opponents that his 2020 campaign will coincide with a collapse of US growth. That would doom his re-election chances. It would also deliver a richly earned finale to the most fiscally irresponsible presidency since that of Mr George W. Bush.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 18, 2018, with the headline 'Liberals make risky bet on a Trump recession'. Print Edition | Subscribe