Wednesday 13 December 2017

Expect the new foreign policy not to differ wildly from Obama's

'In foreign policy there could be more continuity with the Obama years than change'. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
'In foreign policy there could be more continuity with the Obama years than change'. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Mary Dejevsky

After criss-crossing the country making urgent last claims to the White House, Donald Trump has made it. But there is nothing in his demeanour to suggest a president-in-waiting.

His shortcomings as president-elect appear particularly glaring on foreign policy, where his priorities can be summed up on the back of an envelope: bring Mr Putin in, keep the Mexicans out and make other countries pay a proper price for US protection.

And it is in foreign affairs policy that the contrast with Hillary Clinton is at its most stark. Mr Trump can easily be dismissed as an ignoramus, and/or a danger to US power. This, though, is to underestimate two realities: the first relates to Mr Trump's view of the world, the second to how the United States actually works.

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