‘America First’ Might Not Be Dangerous. Trump’s Version of It Is

President Donald Trump delivers his inaugural address after being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, Washington, Jan. 20, 2017 (AP photo by Patrick Semansky).
President Donald Trump delivers his inaugural address after being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, Washington, Jan. 20, 2017 (AP photo by Patrick Semansky).
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With his inauguration address last Friday, President Donald Trump announced to Americans and the world that the “America First” era had arrived. No longer will the U.S. put the interests of other nations ahead of its own. No longer will America’s global role as backstop of the international order take priority over its own domestic needs. The address represents a sea change in America’s foreign policy discourse. It is not just the words that are different, but the very grammar and syntax of its logic, which calls into question the international order that the U.S. built and backstopped over the […]

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