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It’s too early to speak of the Donald Trump administration in the past tense. It is possible, without much difficulty, to speak in the past tense of SA’s role, influence and respect in global political economic affairs. It wasn’t always that way. 

The US election is still three months away and anything can happen. Actually, at least three things will frame much of the discussion on the election in the coming weeks. Trump wins and he continues his presidency. Or, he loses, accepts defeat and walks away. Then there is the scenario of him losing in a muddled mess of an election and he challenges the results. He has already flown a kite about the veracity of the poll’s outcome, suggesting that mass postal voting (because of the Covid-19 pandemic) could make it impossible to know the result of November’s election “for months or years”...

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