It will put more pressure on postal votes and digital campaigning – reward candidates with existing financial backing and a sophisticated media strategy.
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Ben Roback is Head of Trade and International Policy at Cicero Group and a member of the US Embassy’s Young Leader’s UK programme.Follow @
If America’s governors, county commissioners, and mayors are pursuing their own more aggressive measures, his calls will fall on deaf ears.
The White House and US Government must get a tighter grip and treat it as a public health crisis, not a campaign platform.
Ben Roback: Namaste Trump! He says India is now “America’s premier defence partner”. That’s bad news for Johnson.
At the very same time that the Government is orchestrating a comprehensive security and defence review, that comment will have caused grave concern.
His campaign team are likely to be rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of facing off against Sanders.
The Prime Minister may be able to ignore disgruntled Tories, but the US legislature will play a critical role in any new trade deal.
What role do we want to play? Elsewhere, will we join China’s Belt and Road Initiative, or rebuff it at Washington’s insistence? What will we do about Huawei?
Donald Trump’s approval ratings in the next month may signal whether he is heading for the fate of Bill Clinton or Richard Nixon.
The visit has the potential to be an electoral gift to an increasingly desperate Labour Party. For Downing Street, a successful trip by the President will be one that causes as few political headlines as possible.
Still a long shot for the candidacy, this development means that Buttigieg is a name you will be hearing much more about in the weeks and months to come.
“Read the transcript” has become the à la mode at Trump rallies, replacing previous favourites including “Lock her up” and “Build the wall”.
Ben Roback: Trump and Syria. If your guiding principle is to withdraw from the world stage, his decision is quite sensible
“Sometimes you gotta let them fight, like two kids in a [parking] lot and then you pull them apart,” he said.
Both leaders are firing up their bases and seeking out all-or-nothing confrontations with their political enemies.
Ben Roback: A lesson from Bolton’s departure. With this President, it’s personality, not policy, that counts – his own.
Trump is now on his fourth National Security Adviser. By the time the election comes, expect him to be on his fifth or sixth.
Ben Roback: The racism row. Trump has set a trap for the Democrats – but risks also falling into it himself.
The White House attack on “the squad” risks turning out Democratic voters as a natural by-product of seeking to turn out Republicans.