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Donald Trump mouths off about Europe because of his dystopian understanding of it

Two armed police officers take position outside a Bulgari shop in Paris
Donald Trump has used the shooting in Paris to wade into the French Election Credit: Thibault Camus/AP Photo

Never mind the long-standing convention that American presidents don’t meddle in foreign elections, Donald Trump simply could not resist. “Another terrorist attack in Paris,” he posted in a dawn tweet. “The people of France will not take much more of this. Will have a big effect on presidential election!” He may have been clever enough to avoid mentioning Marine LePen by name, but not so clever as to avoid accusations of interfering.

There are other conclusions to be drawn.

Every time it appears that Mr Trump’s team has hidden his phone, the president pops up again on Twitter breaking some kind of convention or damaging his own credibility. And this time, the subject matter – on the day three police officers were shot in Seattle – offers a reminder of how Mr Trump and his administration views Europe.

Like the much ridiculed Fox News commentator, who claimed Birmingham was a Muslim only city,...

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