SINGAPORE (July 15): The ongoing diplomatic crisis between the US and its longstanding “special” ally, the UK, is not doing the former’s global reputation any favours, especially with its commander-in-chief’s approach towards foreign policy and inveterate inability to refrain from Twitter gunslinging.

US President Donald Trump’s sanctions and protectionist pronouncements are made while secure in the influence of the US. That is in turn powered by the comparative strength of its economy and the “almighty” dollar, which lubricates much of the global financial system.

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