What the U.S. Would Look Like in Trump’s ‘America First’ World

President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, Tenn., May 29, 2018 (AP photo by Andrew Harnik).
President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, Tenn., May 29, 2018 (AP photo by Andrew Harnik).

There’s little reason to believe that U.S. President Donald Trump will successfully achieve his foreign policy objectives. But as a thought experiment and for the sake of argument, what would America and the world look like if he did? Trump’s “America First” agenda is predicated on a number of notions, explicit and implicit, regarding how to promote strength at home and abroad. First, the U.S. should maintain balanced accounts, and where possible net surpluses, in its trade relationships. Second, America’s alliances and security partnerships should be as close to cost-neutral as possible. Third, the U.S. should not shrink from leveraging […]

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