Egged on by Trump, America’s Friends Are Fighting and Undermining the U.S.

President Donald Trump meets with Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, in the Oval Office of the White House, Washington, July 9, 2019 (DPA photo by Kevin Dietsch via AP Images).
President Donald Trump meets with Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, in the Oval Office of the White House, Washington, July 9, 2019 (DPA photo by Kevin Dietsch via AP Images).

Before being elected president, Donald Trump had already disparaged many American allies during the 2016 campaign, questioning the point of NATO and suggesting he might abandon defense treaties with countries like Japan and South Korea, among other criticisms of longstanding U.S. foreign policy. So there were immediate questions, and lots of angst, about what effect his presidency would have on U.S. relations around the world. Three years later, Trump’s often boorish behavior has had an undeniable impact on America’s relationships with its allies. Yet America’s alliances have not fallen apart, and many far-flung friends still have good relations with Washington. […]

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