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An oft-used strategy of Donald Trump’s in dealing with people and other countries, as President, is pretty simple: Threaten them.

Whether he follows through is something else entirely (tariffs, yes, import tax no), but from the large policy dispute to threats of war and everything in between, the President is not afraid to put people on notice.

His latest target: South Korea. Here’s the CNN headline today: Trump apparently threatens to withdraw US troops from South Korea over trade.

South Korea’s response: “No comment.”

We could go on about Trump’s threats. He’s threatened people like former FBI Director James Comey (with releasing tapes that didn’t exist). He’s threatened groups of business leaders (with an import tax), the media at large (with revoking broadcast licenses), to shut down the government (unless there’s a border wall), to starve Obamacare (unless there was a replacement), UN member countries (over putting the US Embassy in Jerusalem), European Union member countries (with tariffs), NATO member countries (with leaving NATO), Japan, China, the NFL (with ending its tax cuts), Canada and Mexico (with tariffs). The list goes on.

In fact, here’s a full accounting of CNN headlines during the Trump administration in which he threatened someone or something.

Those are the “Trump threat” headlines during his time as President. As a special bonus, here’s a video: 11 times Trump threatened Clinton with prison.

There are plenty of other threats for which our writers might not have used the word “threat.”

CNBC, for instance, wrote “Trump threatens to end NFL’s ‘massive tax breaks.’ ” CNN’s headline avoided that word in that case.

It is hackneyed at this point to say that Trump is approaching the job unlike any president before him, but presidential threats, heretofore, have been more reserved and used more sparingly.

They would mean something dire since – the full weight of the US was behind them.

But for Trump, they’re de rigueur, and as likely to be forgotten as followed through on: Another piece of evidence that he is working on changing the presidency more than the presidency seems to be changing him.