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Why is the trace map on an abelian variety continuous

Let $X$ be a (EDIT) variety with a group structure. For $a\in A$, let $t_a$ be the translation on $X$: $t_a(x) = a+x$. Why is the function $f:X\to \mathbf{C}$ given by $$f(a) = \sum_{i} (-1)^i ...