Global Affairs: What post-Trump foreign and trade policies look like

Will the US go back to 'normal' if President Donald Trump does not win a second term? Not really. Whether on North Korea, Iran, Russia or China, his policies represent continuity, not just change.

LONDON • Visiting Washington during the height of the North American summer is always an unusual experience.

The weather is unbearably hot and clammy. But the United States capital city is also serene and largely deserted. Congress is in recess, the politicians are out of town, senior civil servants take their annual holidays, and the city's top restaurants struggle to eke a living out of stray tourists, rather than the diplomats or lobbyists on fat expense accounts who provide their traditional sources of revenue.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 02, 2019, with the headline 'What post-Trump foreign and trade policies look like'. Print Edition | Subscribe