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President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House. President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House, Washington, May 16, 2019 (AP photo by Manuel Balce Ceneta).

Is Trump All Bark and No Bite on Foreign Policy? And the Week’s Other Top Stories

Friday, July 5, 2019

In this week’s editors’ discussion episode of the Trend Lines podcast, WPR’s editor-in-chief, Judah Grunstein, and associate editor, Elliot Waldman, talk about whether a slew of recent actions by President Donald Trump reveal a fundamental flaw in his approach toward foreign policy. Will adversaries see Trump’s concessions to China and Mexico on trade issues and his last-minute cancellation of a planned military strike on Iran as signs of weakness? And what could that mean for his potential successor in the White House?

Judah and Elliot also discuss the significance of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and the slate of nominees for top jobs in the European Union.

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Relevant Articles on WPR:
The Flaws in Trump’s Strategic Approach to U.S. National Security
Abe’s Rare China Visit and Japan’s Bifurcated Foreign Policy in the Trump Era
France’s Macron Strengthens His EU Hand With European Parliament Vote
How Trump Is ‘Destroying Protections’ for Victims of Human Trafficking
Turkey’s Opposition, Buoyed by Its Win in Istanbul, Faces a Long Road Ahead

Trend Lines was produced and edited this week by Andrew Green. You can follow him on Twitter at @_andrew_green.

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