How Trump’s Foreign Policy Is Actually Mainstream—With One Exception

People gather outside the White House to protest President Donald Trump, Washington, July 11, 2017 (AP photo by Susan Walsh).
People gather outside the White House to protest President Donald Trump, Washington, July 11, 2017 (AP photo by Susan Walsh).
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The challenge of writing about U.S. foreign policy in the Trump era is twofold. First, the United States does not have a foreign policy per se in the Trump era. Rather, it has a disparate collection of poorly coordinated and at times contradictory channels of communication and engagement with the world, some run through the White House, others by Cabinet officials and still others by faceless bureaucrats who are either improvising around the margins or working the clean-up crew. Looming over them all is the tragicomic figure of President Donald Trump himself, whose declarations, we are told, have little bearing […]

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