World still has reasons to be fearful

Unconventional: Donald Trump has shown little sign of moving to a Trump-lite presidency Photo: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

After his first month in office, nobody would claim that the new US president has suddenly become what might have traditionally been described as “presidential”. Supporters and opponents alike agree that he is governing in the unconventional style in which he campaigned.

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While that is largely true, not all of his most provocative promises have been fulfilled, and there has been some toning down of the rhetoric – not towards those whom he sees as his domestic opponents, but towards the rest of the world.

Most obviously, he did not launch a frontal economic assault on China by formally declaring it a “currency manipulator”, as he had promised to do on his first day in office. Nor have all of the consequences of his election been entirely negative for the rest of the world, Ireland included.

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