Trump reverses himself on NATO, China, Russia and more

Violet Powell
April 15, 2017

"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. In the same interview, he spoke of filling vacancies on the Ex-Im Bank, which gives loans to foreign firms to buy USA products, among other services - and which Trump slammed during the campaign. The president has not changed, and nor has the left, whose ploy to cleave away Trump voters will work as brilliantly as it did in the 2016 election. I think we had a very good chemistry together.

After months of hearing President Donald Trump bash North Atlantic Treaty Organisation on the campaign trail, the alliance's secretary-general said Thursday that he and the US president are actually in agreement on two key issues: defense spending and terrorism.

"They're not currency manipulators", he conceded in the Wall Street Journal interview, adding that he was concerned that officially branding them as such could jeopardize his talks with Beijing on confronting North Korea.

"He's flexible, perhaps unprincipled, with a pragmatic approach to government", he said. Now, China has generally voted with Russian Federation on that yesterday on this issue but yesterday they did not.

Trump had been eager to improve relations with Moscow and often expressed confidence that his ability to bond with Putin would ease friction between Washington and Moscow over Russia's role in Syria and its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

"As terrible as it was to see those dead children, Trump knew that America's first duty is to our own children", she writes about the attack, which Trump set in motion after charging that Syrian President Bashar Assad had used chemical weapons on his own people. White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon, Trump's link to his far-right base and a man who uses "globalist" as an insult, is on the outs.

If you are a Trump ally - or an optimist more broadly - you see his willingness to adjust (or reverse) positions he staked out during the campaign as proof that he is open to new information and continues to learn how to be president.

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But unlike Obama, Trump truly was a non-establishment Washington outsider. This was indicated by NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg during a recent meeting with the US President. We still have a long way to go, but at least European allies have kind of started move in the right direction. "All the problems the previous administration had still remain", she said.

Trump, in a series of tweets, on Wednesday disputed the notion he's veered from the course he set on the campaign trail. In an earlier tweet, Trump had threatened that the USA would resolve the North Korean issue by itself, if China refused to help. He still proved on Twitter on Thursday morning that he's willing to talk tough on China: "I have great confidence that China will properly deal with North Korea".

The U.S. and the Soviet Union were on the verge of a nuclear conflict in October 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

"You can not not talk to China". I would like to think that they didn't know, but certainly they could have.

Mr Trump also said he was no longer opposed to a federal exports agency he once dismissed as "unnecessary".

- Abandoned his vow to label China a currency manipulator.

Likewise, Trump's shift from wanting a cordial relationship with Russian Federation to characterizing the relationship as "at an all time low" came only after Russian Federation either ignorantly or willingly oversaw its de facto client - the murderous Assad regime - use chemical weapons to kill its citizens. The two authoritarian governments support each other on major foreign policy problems, dislike domestic protest and see the U.S. in a similar way. We agree that allies need to redouble their efforts to meet the pledge we all made in 2014 to invest more in our Alliance.

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