Trump's great patriotic wars

The Trump administration has been trying out a fresh line with the American public of late: Patriotism requires sacrifice.

As the President's trade wars drag on, putting the economic bite on a growing number of Americans, his team is scrambling to put a nationalist gloss on his protectionist gamble, spinning it as a noble crusade in which the individual interest must be subordinated to the greater good.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 29, 2019, with the headline 'Trump's great patriotic wars'. Print Edition | Subscribe