I found myself in London a week ago, the same time the Trump freak show, as the Mirror tabloid described it, was getting started. Unlike the US president, I wasn’t taking as much joy in the UK’s decision to shoot itself in the foot via Brexit.

In the world of Donald Trump, everything is a zero-sum game. There is no such thing as a win-win outcome. So it is with China and anybody else who trades with the US. That’s the approach the US is taking towards the UK, traditionally its biggest ally. And there wasn’t even a pretense at subtlety. Brexit will leave the UK diminished, and this will be an opportunity to construct a trade deal that advantages US companies. ..

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