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Trump Distracts America from the Task of Facing Three Existential Threats
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Trump Distracts America from the Task of Facing Three Existential Threats

Author Michael Fuchs discusses Trump's disastrous ability to distract Americans from threats that could fundamentally endanger U.S. national security.

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  • Michael Fuchs

Donald Trump’s daily assaults on American democracy and the pillars of America’s role in the world are disastrous – and they are also distracting America from even bigger global challenges. At just the moment when the United States must be joining together with the rest of the world to confront three existential threats – climate change, challenges to democracy, and the rise of China – Americans are forced to spend every waking minute mitigating Trump’s damage.

In Trump’s America, it’s hard to keep up. The news and controversies come so quickly they eat into each other’s news cycles. Actions by the Trump administration that previously might have brought down a presidency (or at least merited a congressional inquiry) pass in a matter of hours as the next jaw-dropping scandal explodes.

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Authors

Michael Fuchs

Senior Fellow