By backing the coup in Venezuela, Donald Trump shows himself to be like any other US president

His actions are an almost exact replay of what was a staple of the Cold War years: US attempts by fair means or foul, to determine what happened in what it regarded as its own back yard

Mary Dejevsky
The Independent Voices

There is an argument, heard as often from his friends as from his enemies, that Donald Trump is a completely new type of American president, of a different class, of a different mindset and with different priorities from his predecessors.

For his friends, his uniqueness imbues him with a special sort of disruptive, anti-Washington, appeal. For his enemies, it offers the hope that, because he is the first and last of his kind, the US will return to a reassuringly predictable normality once he is gone. This view is held particularly by mainstream Democrats in the United States and by appalled Europeans abroad.

But is this true, or is something else going on? And if something else is going on, what is it? My exhibit A for “something else” is the destructive mayhem currently playing out in Venezuela.


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