U.S. President Elect Donald Trump: challenges in foreign policy and national security.
President Elect Donald Trump will face an unprecedentedly complex world and a wide range of challenges in foreign policy and national security.
Here is a quick summary Ryan Vogel ( Utah Valley University’s National Security Studies) put together of Trump’s stance on relations with other nations:
- On Russia, Trump intends to work with the Russians on issues of common interest, including Syria and counterterrorism.
- On Iran, Trump has strongly criticized the Iran nuclear deal. He has called for doubling and tripling the sanctions the U.S. had historically placed on Iran as a way to force them toward more concessions. It’s unclear whether he would dismantle the deal or modify it somehow.
- On terrorism, Trump has been very critical of the military and Obama Administration’s handling of the war against ISIS and al-Qa’ida.
On China, Trump has asserted that he will be much more aggressive.He intends to label China a currency manipulator, crack down on hacking, and threaten the Chinese government with steep tariffs if it doesn’t agree to rewrite trade agreements.
He also intends to expand the U.S.’s military presence in the South China Sea as a deterrent to China’s territorial claims to artificial islands there.
On North Korea, Trump has said he would pressure China to crack down on North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons. Trump has also threatened to withdraw U.S. troops from South Korea.
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