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Trump’s America may be declining in global soft power—but US empire rolls on

Pretending that the nation is in decline will do little but provide succour to those who want to maintain an unchallenged American hegemony

By Daniel Bessner  

Jan 14, 2020; Milwaukee, WI, USA; President Donald J. Trump acknowledges the crowd before he speaks at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena where the president held a campaign rally in Milwaukee on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. Mandatory Credit: Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via USA TODAY NETWORK/Sipa USA

Since the 2016 election of Donald Trump to the US presidency, there has been widespread discussion about the decline of the United States’ position in the world. Trump’s victory, manifold members of the US foreign policy establishment have argued, has engendered…

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