Trump has now created one new nuclear crisis and raised the stakes on an existing one. Trying to solve both peacefully after taking a wrecking ball to key US partners in Europe and Asia is a tall order for the gambler-in-chief.
Trump is attacking what has until now made America strong.
As a president, Trump acts exactly the same as he did when he was a businessman. He remains a gambler, and his presidency is a singular, giant bet.
This week’s lesson is that Trump is happy to hear flattery, but does not let it alter the course of his policies.
As important as #MeToo is for those affected and for the public debate about sexual assault, the movement also gives rise to an equal amount of irritation.