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President Donald Trump boards Air Force One for a trip to Vietnam to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, Feb. 25, 2019 (AP Photo by Evan Vucci).

Trump Has Opened the Floodgates to New Appraisals of U.S. Foreign Policy

Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019

One of the unforeseen beneficial outcomes of the Trump era is the fertile debate it has fueled over America’s foreign policy and global role. As a candidate, Donald Trump questioned many of the pillars of U.S. foreign policy. As president, he has run roughshod over America’s core partnerships and values, to say nothing of the diplomatic protocols he has trampled in the process.

After an initial period of shock and outrage, the foreign policy establishment has more recently seemed to recognize the opportunity such a moment offers. In addition to triggering a re-examination of many of the core assumptions of the post-Cold War bipartisan foreign policy consensus, it has widened the range of potential alternatives under consideration. The resulting discussion is not only healthy, it is also emerging in time to feature prominently in the 2020 presidential election, meaning that the outcome of the voting could provide some clarity to the American public’s preferences. ...

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