Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Five Big Players Steer Trump’s Foreign Policy Toward the Mainstream
It’s an old Washington saw that personnel is policy, but it’s true. If you want evidence, just look at the evolution of President Donald Trump’s foreign policy.
The Trump approach on national security is starting to look—dare we say it?—almost conventional. America-first, neo-isolationist tendencies have faded. Last week’s missile strike at Syria, in punishment for the regime’s chemical attacks on its own civilians, was a mainstream move that won bipartisan praise.
There remain plenty of mixed signals, of course. But campaign-season chumminess with Russia increasingly is a thing of the past. There has been no instant trade war with China, the Iran nuclear deal hasn’t been abrogated, the U.S. embassy in Israel hasn’t been moved to Jerusalem. An aircraft carrier group is moving closer to North Korea as a warning about that regime’s nuclear hijinks, another sign of embracing rather than retreating from a global role.
Each of these moves might have been made by a more conventional Republican president,