3. America First
America first, the two word summary of Donald Trump’s foreign policy as he campaigned has come with him to the White House as one of the main themes of the administration. After securing the GOP nod, Trump stated, “Under a Trump administration, no American citizen will ever again feel that their needs come second to the citizens of foreign countries,” and that his “foreign policy will always put the interests of the American people and American security first.” Is that really such a bad thing? Certainly not for Americans, but the term itself sure doesn’t scream foreign policy. It leaves the world feeling a little alienated and a tad bit polarized. Every country by intent is for itself first, it’s just that most don’t go out of their way to boastfully glorify it. That being said, if Trump hadn’t, he might not have won the election.
Max Boot‘s foreign policy article calls Trump’s America first “the twilight of American exceptionalism,” while Raghida Dergham‘s op-ed for The Huffington Post says the primary concern is “the apparent bond emerging between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President-elect Donald Trump, and the implications for Syria and Ukraine.” As the Trump administration transition continues, and pieces of the foreign policy puzzle fall in place, another shocker of an announcement has been revealed. Donald Trump has named South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley the United States’ forthcoming ambassador to the United Nations. It’s an interesting move, as Haley is widely considered a “novice” with “little foreign policy experience,” according to Reuters.