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Watching President Donald Trump's diplomatic maneuvers – in Singapore last month and in the run-up to his meetings over the next week in Brussels and Helsinki – I wonder whether analysts have been making a mistake explaining his bargaining style in terms of the brash young personality described in his 1987 memoir, "The Art of the Deal". The Trump we're watching is a much needier person than the youthful tycoon who vaulted to the top of the world. This scarred, prickly Trump is looking for new friends and investors. Perhaps the Trump book to read these days is his 1997 memoir of life as a near-bankrupt, "The Art of the Comeback". The idealistic, generous national self-image that sustained America through a century of global dominance doesn't seem to resonate with Trump.A resentful Trump has scorned old allies.Meanwhile, Trump is investing in a new set of friends and forgiving past transgressions to build a new portfolio.
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