President Trump, don’t kill the messenger

(CNN)The leak of secret cables written by British Ambassador to the US Kim Darroch sheds new light on how diplomats representing America’s closest ally view President Donald Trump. The leak is likely to further complicate the increasingly strained relationship between Trump and the UK and could affect diplomatic engagement with America more broadly. Trump makes a lot of his profiling public. He publicly provides his assessments of how all kinds of people are doing, and he doesn’t hold much back, including pejorative nicknames for public officials. It’s hard to tell what purpose the President’s public personality assessments serve other than ginning up his base or soothing his ego, because otherwise he’d keep them private. Other leaders rely on confidential, internal …

Trump in the Old World: Pictures tell the story

(CNN)Anyone who needs confirmation that our world is in transition need only look at the images generated by the visit of President Donald Trump and his family and entourage to Great Britain, France and Ireland this past week. The clash of worlds jumps out not just between very old and very new money and power but between allegiance to democracy, which millions of World War II soldiers felt was worth fighting for, and to an authoritarian politics based on the leader’s proprietary notion of public office and insistence on loyalty at all costs. Trump’s visit came at a dramatic and uncertain time in British politics. Prime Minister Theresa May has resigned, and her successor has not yet been chosen. Although …