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Donald Trump's Twitter threats put American credibility on the line

Countries are unsure whether to take his words as policy pronouncements, or whether they can be safely ignored

Steven Erlanger  |  Brussels 

Since the first of the year, President Donald Trump has attacked a variety of countries in Twitter posts, urging protesters to overthrow the Iranian government, threatening to blow up North Korea and calling for cuts in aid to the Palestinians. In bluster and tone, he has begun 2018 where he left off. Two things stand out about the foreign policy messages Trump has posted on Twitter since taking office: How far they veer from the traditional ways American presidents express themselves, let alone handle diplomacy. And how rarely Trump has followed through on his words. Indeed, nearly ...

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First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 02:49 IST