A Big Bag of Dictators

The list is getting pretty long. “President Trump’s affection for totalitarian leaders has grown beyond Russia’s president to include strongmen around the globe.” From WaPo: Trump keeps praising international strongmen. (One of my big concerns is that Trump simultaneously bashes journalists and lauds strongmen who have a habit of jailing or even killing journalists.)

+ NPR: 6 Strongmen Trump Has Praised — And The Conflicts It Presents.

+ Quartz: The story behind Donald Trump and Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte’s populist bromance.

+ “South Koreans, not easily rattled by their nuclear bomb testing neighbor to the north, find themselves increasingly baffled by the new leader of their strongest ally and military protector, the United States.” AP: Trump ‘smart cookie’ talk on Kim baffles Seoul.

+ Michael Daly: What lies beneath Trump’s fixation with strongmen like Duterte.

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