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America loses its ardour

For better or worse, the US has led the world. Trump threatens to change that

By Martin Woollacott   December 2016

United States President Barack Obama and US President-elect Donald Trump shake hands after meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC on November 10, 2016. ©Ron Sachs/DPA/PA Images

When Franklin Delano Roosevelt outlined his vision of the future in 1944, shortly before winning his fourth presidential term, he committed the United States to “a long and arduous task, which will challenge our patience,…

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