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U.S. President Elect Donald Trump: challenges in foreign policy and national security.

111donald-trump-national-security-advisors-1456881692President 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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