go to top
President Donald Trump surrounded by members of his Cabinet in the Oval Office after signing an executive order on reorganizing the executive branch, Washington, March 13, 2017 (AP photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais).

The View From 2019: Looking Back at Trump’s First Two Years

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

As world leaders gather this Sunday in Dakar, Senegal, for the 2019 Summit for Global Cooperation, U.S. President Donald Trump will be spending the weekend alone at his Mar-a-Lago resort. Though Trump proclaimed on Twitter that he’d rather be golfing than listening to “windbags” deliver “meaningless speeches,” according to numerous reports he was not even invited to the gathering.

Two years ago, Trump took office promising to upend the world order, famously putting “America First” to make the country “great again.” Given how irrelevant he has since become on the global stage, it’s hard to recall the degree to which his provocative rhetoric and impulsive style riveted the world’s attention at the time. Every one of his early morning declarations on Twitter spawned countless articles in newspapers of record around the world. Some global leaders seemed cowed before their first meetings with the unpredictable political neophyte, not knowing whether they would come away with an awkward handshake or a humiliating dressing down. ...

Want to Read the Rest?
Login or Subscribe Today.
Get unlimited access to must-read news, analysis and opinion from top experts. Subscribe to World Politics Review and you'll receive instant access to 9,000+ articles in the World Politics Review Library, along with new comprehensive analysis every weekday . . . written by leading topic experts.

YES, I want to subscribe now.