Trump reverses himself on NATO, China, Russia and more

15 April 2017, 11:53 | Isaac Mcdaniel

It turns out that wielding power - as opposed to criticizing it - can change your outlook.

President Donald Trump hasn't been in the White House for 100 days, yet he's already reversed himself on many of his key campaign promises.

Indeed, Republicans now overwhelmingly support missile strikes in Syria - a reversal from 2013, during the Obama presidency, when two-thirds said they did not.

"Whatever the aspirations on the campaign trail, they have given way to the realities of what it takes to conduct American foreign policy in a cruel and unforgiving world", said Aaron David Miller, vice president at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

"He's flexible, perhaps unprincipled, with a pragmatic approach to government", he said. At least for this week, Trump doesn't seem to be getting his views on the world in between stories of lizard men from Alex Jones. After seeing pictures of victims of the recent Syrian chemical weapons attack, Trump told a news conference that his opinion of President Bashar al-Assad's regime had changed.

Secretary of state Rex Tillerson had earlier delivered a similar message to Russian president Vladimir Putin in Moscow, telling him US-Russia relations were at a "low point".

Trump suggested later from the White House that the talks may have actually gone better than expected, but that it was too soon to draw conclusions.

That position, sure to antagonize Russian Federation, came as the President adopted the most skeptical view he has yet displayed on the possibility of improving relations with the Kremlin, a position he once advanced as a candidate and that flew in the face of geopolitical realities and universal elite opinion in Washington. The Taliban is stronger than many people say that it's been in years. But Washington said Wednesday that it had seen credible reports of Moscow's backing.

"Things will work out fine between the United States of America and Russia", Trump tweeted. "At the right time everyone will come to their senses & there will be lasting peace!" he tweeted on Thursday morning.

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But Stent said that actually there is likely to be continued US-Russia tension.

He also indicated he might consider reappointing her next year, saying she would not be "toast".

Democrats have jumped on Mr. Trump's flip-flopping on China. President Trump's weakness on U.S. Trump's new view of China aligned him with the mainstream conclusion that China stopped manipulating its currency to boost exports several years ago, well before Trump's statements to the contrary during the campaign. Instead, Xi was a leader with whom Trump enjoyed good "chemistry" and "bonding". "But as president you have to deal with what's going on now". The accusation that the Kremlin tampered with the US democratic process only buttresses those who see Russian Federation as America's greatest geopolitical foe. At the first presidential debate in September, he said the Fed was "being more political than Secretary Clinton".

After talks and a slice of chocolate cake at Mar-a-Lago, China's Xi Jinping was no longer responsible for the "rape" of the USA economy. "I don't think Europeans are taking this threat seriously enough". Chinese companies were accused of acting as enablers of North Korea's nuclear missile program, and Russian Federation was publicly chastised for its role in Syria, even as Moscow and Damascus have both said United States intervention is helping the terrorists they are fighting. Toward that goal, China reportedly has stopped accepting shipments of coal from North Korea. "This is the background of the whole campaign they are doing", Braun said during the Loud & Clear broadcast.

And the only thing Beijing might think was worse, she said, would be a unified and US-allied Korean Peninsula on the border.

In other words, it's a shift from the bomb-throwing nationalist Bannon faction towards the moderate wing represented by Jared Kushner and Trump's Wall Street allies.

The president has since backed away from some of his criticism of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and at a press conference Wednesday said he no longer considers the organization obsolete.

"I've just been out going to a bunch of town halls this week, and I don't see any evidence that it's hurting him at all", says Mark McKinnon, a longtime strategist who served George W. Bush, among others.



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