Foreign Policy & Pure Aggression

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February 2, 2017 9:56 PM

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I am honestly trying my best to understand the Donald Trump foreign policy. So far, I see only naked verbal aggression, even with America’s best friends.

His Twitter exchange with the Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is picking a fight with our southern neighbor.  The fracas is verbal for now.  Even though America is the behemoth to the north, Mexico can make life miserable for America.  Let’s hope the relationship never gets to that extreme.

Australia can be accurately described as America’s best friend in the world, dating back from World War I to the present.  But in Trump’s first telephone conversation with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, media reports indicate our president angrily ended the call early over an immigration spat.

The Trump Administration is putting Iran “on notice” after a  ballistic missile test.  No one is quite sure what that means.

“U.S. power is based on ongoing relationships with like-minded allies,” said Bookings Institution Fellow Thomas Wright, in the Los Angeles Times, about President Trump.. “He’s not really a relationship guy. He thinks of himself as a deal-maker guy.”

Maintaining relationships, particularly with our allies, is important, especially when America gets into an international crisis.  Belligerent talk can make many Americans feel good that the president is standing up for the national interest. However, that tactic could result in serious problems when we need those relationships.

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