Trump a bigger threat to international order than to his country

US President Donald Trump does not like being told what he must or must not do.

But his transactional approach to political relationships - I'll give you what you want after you give me what I want - says less about his attitudes towards democracy and dictatorship as forms of government than about a basic drive to shed restraints.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 08, 2018, with the headline 'Trump a bigger threat to international order than to his country'. Print Edition | Subscribe