President Trump boards Air Force One. Does he see himself as an irascible god-king who will countenance no opposition? Photo: Reuters President Trump boards Air Force One. Does he see himself as an irascible god-king who will countenance no opposition? Photo: Reuters
President Trump boards Air Force One. Does he see himself as an irascible god-king who will countenance no opposition? Photo: Reuters
Kevin Rafferty
Opinion

Opinion

Kevin Rafferty

Trump’s disruptive behaviour threatens the US and the world. Will no one stand up to this self-styled king?

  • The irascible US president is using brute force to sweep aside climate change concerns while ignoring a two-state solution in the Middle East and bullying other world leaders into avoiding Huawei as he seeks to dismantle the global order

President Trump boards Air Force One. Does he see himself as an irascible god-king who will countenance no opposition? Photo: Reuters President Trump boards Air Force One. Does he see himself as an irascible god-king who will countenance no opposition? Photo: Reuters
President Trump boards Air Force One. Does he see himself as an irascible god-king who will countenance no opposition? Photo: Reuters
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Kevin Rafferty

Kevin Rafferty

Kevin Rafferty, a journalist for 50 years, started writing about cricket and football for The Observer when at Oxford University. He joined the foreign staff of the Financial Times, was in charge of the FT’s Asian coverage, and opened the paper’s first Hong Kong office. He has lived and worked in Delhi, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Osaka, and Washington, and edited daily papers in 30 major cities during IMF and multilateral development bank meetings. He was professor in the Institute for Academic Initiatives at Osaka University.