What’s Worth Salvaging From Trump’s Foreign Policy

What’s Worth Salvaging From Trump’s Foreign Policy
President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn of the White House before boarding Marine One, Washington, Dec. 12, 2020 (AP photo by Patrick Semansky).

During his four years in office, President Donald Trump has worked methodically to tear up just about any foreign policy initiative or multilateral treaty that had Barack Obama’s fingerprints on it, from the Paris climate accord to the Iran nuclear deal to the policy of so-called “Strategic Patience” with North Korea. While President-elect Joe Biden is understandably promising a completely different approach in some areas, there are some aspects of his presidency that are worth preserving and building on.

This week on Trend Lines, WPR’s Elliot Waldman is joined by Emma Ashford for a conversation about what to keep and what to throw out from Trump’s foreign policy. Ashford is a senior fellow with the New American Engagement Initiative at the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, as well as a columnist for Foreign Policy. Click here to read a transcript of an excerpt from the interview.


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