Trump Sheds All Notions of How a President Should Conduct Himself Abroad

Mark Landler in een analyse bij The New York Times:

In the fiery, disruptive, rules-breaking arc of Mr. Trump’s statecraft, his assertions during a news conference with Mr. Putin marked a new milestone, the foreign policy equivalent of Charlottesville.

Gerelateerd: Thomas L. Friedman in dezelfde krant:

My fellow Americans, we are in trouble and we have some big decisions to make today. This was a historic moment in the entire history of the United States.

Gerelateerd: John McCain:

No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant. Not only did President Trump fail to speak the truth about an adversary; but speaking for America to the world, our president failed to defend all that makes us who we are—a republic of free people dedicated to the cause of liberty at home and abroad. American presidents must be the champions of that cause if it is to succeed.

Gerelateerd: James Fallows in The Atlantic:

Conscious tool. Useful idiot. Those are the choices, though both are possibly true, so that the main question is the proportions.

Gerelateerd: The New Yorker:

By undermining our alliances and destroying the American-led world order, he is leading us back toward the kind of dangers that we saw in the first half of the twentieth century. There may not be anything so dramatic as the Cuban missile crisis right away—Russia is not in the position the Soviet Union was in—but over time the costs and dangers are likely to be much higher.

Licht gerelateerd: CBS News:

“Trump was very frustrated; he wasn’t getting commitments from other leaders to spend more. Many of them said, ‘Well, we have to ask our parliaments. We have a process; we can’t just tell you we’re going to spend more, we have a legal process.’ Trump turns around to the Turkish president, Recep Erdogan, and says, ‘Except for Erdogan over here. He does things the right way,’ and then actually fist-bumps the Turkish president.”

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