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President Donald Trump stands outside the West Wing to welcome visiting Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi to the White House in Washington, April 9, 2019 (AP photo by Manuel Balce Ceneta).

After Trump: The Next U.S. President’s ‘To Do’ List for Repairing the Damage

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

For critics of U.S. President Donald Trump’s approach to foreign policy, there is little more to do at this point than wait and hope: wait for the 2020 election, and hope that U.S. voters opt to replace him as president. But even in a best-case scenario in which America rejects Trump’s counterproductive “America First” agenda in 2020, the next president will face the daunting task of digging out from the ruins Trump will leave behind—and that’s assuming he does no further damage in the intervening two years.

That will not mean returning to the status quo ante, nor necessarily should it. For one thing, the world will have changed in significant ways independently of Trump’s foreign policy missteps. But more importantly, the status quo ante was flawed in ways that helped spawn Trump’s victory in 2016. ...

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