Why Trump’s Emphasis on Hard Power Will Leave the U.S. With Less Power

President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill, Washington, Feb. 28, 2017 (AP photo by Alex Brandon).
President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill, Washington, Feb. 28, 2017 (AP photo by Alex Brandon).
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In his first address to Congress last night, U.S. President Donald Trump promised to deliver a budget to Congress with “one of the largest increases in national defense spending in American history.” A day earlier, an administration official outlined plans to raise defense spending by $54 billion, or roughly 10 percent, in next year’s federal budget, while slashing outlays for the State Development and foreign aid. Though any final budget numbers will take months of negotiations with congressional leadership, the proposals are emblematic of Trump’s approach to foreign policy and international affairs. His is a world where the strong impose […]

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