Trump diplomacy: Switching friends and foes

Conventional pundit wisdom has it that Donald Trump's "America First" approach to foreign policy - unilateral, transactional, dismissive of history - has isolated the United States like never before. But while Trump's continued assault on Western values like rule of law and press freedom has undeniably strained ties with traditional partners like Canada, Germany and France, "America First" has also netted the US a new class of allies.

In fact, roughly half of today's G20 leaders actively prefer Trump to his predecessor Barack Obama. It is a sign that the world may be moving towards Trump - and the type of politics he represents - at least as fast as his unorthodox approach to American foreign policy is driving traditional US allies away.

In Brazil, President Jair Bolsonaro has been nicknamed the "Trump of the Tropics," and his active disdain for political correctness...

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