Trump’s “foreign policy” approach is chaotic and incompetent. He tweets out attacks on foreign leaders like a mean girl on twitter, determining international relationships with thoughtless posts on social media. He doesn’t recognize the gravity of his position and wouldn’t care even if he did.
Even close allies and supporters have admitted that his approach goes beyond unorthodox.
In a recent interview with The New York Times, Trump’s National Security Adviser, General H.R. McMaster, said that Trump has moved him “out of his comfort zone” when it comes to foreign policy, although he went on to argue that it’s a good thing (at this point, what else can he really say? “I support an idiotic man child who is going to doom us all with half an opportunity?”).
‘He has assiduously cultivated President Xi Jinping of China and avoided criticizing President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia — leaders of the two countries that his own national security strategy calls the greatest geopolitical threats to America.
‘Above all, Mr. Trump has transformed the world’s view of the United States from a reliable anchor of the liberal, rules-based international order into something more inward-looking and unpredictable. That is a seminal change from the role the country has played for 70 years, under presidents from both parties, and it has lasting implications for how other countries chart their futures.
‘Mr. Trump’s unorthodox approach “has moved a lot of us out of our comfort zone, me included,” the national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, said in an interview. A three-star Army general who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and wrote a well-regarded book about the White House’s strategic failure in Vietnam, General McMaster defined Trump foreign policy as “pragmatic realism” rather than isolationism.
‘“The consensus view has been that engagement overseas is an unmitigated good, regardless of the circumstances,” General McMaster said. “But there are problems that are maybe both intractable and of marginal interest to the American people, that do not justify investments of blood and treasure.”’
That does nothing to explain Trump’s habit of undermining our allies, isolating the United States on the world stage, or cozying up to our enemies. It really seems to boil down to Trump’s determination to be the anti-Obama. Anything President Obama was for, Trump is against, with absolutely no reason or thought other than that. That’s marked his administration since the very beginning.
Trump has repeatedly attacked nations that have been American allies for decades. He’s known for his weakness in front of the Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, whose anti-American foreign policy as well as human rights abuses at home have defined his political career. His praise of Putin comes in spite of statements by his own administration on Russia:
His incompetent foreign policy hasn’t gone unnoticed by the world, either. Even when Trump is removed from office, the world is not going to forget that he was there in the first place.
Trump is a weak leader, whose blustering antics and amateur attempts to be a strongman are easily seen through and manipulated by foreign leaders. Nonetheless, he poses a real threat when it comes to nuanced diplomatic issues like dealing with North Korea or the Middle East, where his words have the potential of causing violence.
The sooner Donald Trump is out of office, the better.
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