Trump’s Attention-Diversion Tweet Cycle Goes International

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The cycle is as old as the Trump presidency: President Trump tweets; the American public reacts; the tweet and the reaction to it dominate the news and political debate; repeat. Nearly a year into the president’s term, Americans are presumably starting to get used to it. Yet for the rest of the world, where the American president’s tweets are not always a matter of national news, it’s different.

A case in point is the United Kingdom. On Wednesday, Britons learned that Trump, or whoever was tweeting on his behalf, had promoted three videos distributed through the account of Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of the far-right ultranationalist British political movement Britain First. The group, which advocates anti-immigrant and anti-Islam policies, was