This area explores the foreign policies of the Trump administration.
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|2017.12.04||Donald Trump and his senior aides are preparing to announce that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel politico.com (See also Israel, Jared Kushner)|
|2017.12.04||Germans see Trump as bigger problem than North Korea or Russia. reuters.com (See also Trump Effect, North Korea, Russia)|
|2017.12.05||Defying every major ally besides Israel, Donald Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as its capital, breaking a longstanding international consensus to refrain from doing this until Israel brokers a peace agreement with the Palestinians. buzzfeed.com (See also Israel, Unprecedented Actions)|
|2017.12.08||Deputy national security adviser Dina Powell plans to leave the White House as part of an anticipated wave of departures following President Trump’s first year in office. washingtonpost.com (See also Resignations and Dismissals, H.R. McMaster, Rex Tillerson)|
|2017.12.09||An award-winning U.S. diplomat who was seen as a rising star at the State Department has issued a scathing resignation letter, accusing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the Donald Trump administration of undercutting the State Department and damaging America’s influence in the world. foreignpolicy.com (See also Rex Tillerson, Department of State)|
|2017.12.11||Despite the deaths of as many as half a million people in the Syrian civil war, the Trump Administration is now prepared to accept President Bashar al-Assad’s continued rule until Syria’s next scheduled Presidential election, in 2021, reversingrepeated U.S. statements that Assad must step down as part of a peace process. newyorker.com (See also Russia, Syria, Reversals, Rex Tillerson, Iran)|
|2017.12.21||The United Nations general assembly has delivered a stinging rebuke to Donald Trump, voting by a huge majority to reject his unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. theguardian.com (See also Israel)|
|2018.01.11||Donald Trump stood with the Norwegian Prime Minister and announced that the U.S-made F-52s fighter aircraft was delivered to Norway, but the “F-52” is a fictional jet only available to fly if you’re a gamer at the controls of “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare washingtonpost.com (See also False Statements, Russia)|
|2018.01.12||Donald Trump has cancelled a visit to Britain next month to open the new US embassy in London, amid fears of mass protests, despite his inaccurate tweets that claim other reasons. theguardian.com (See also False Statements)|
|2018.01.12||The US ambassador to Panama has resigned, saying he can no longer work with Donald Trump cnn.com (See also Department of State)|
|2018.01.18||One year into Donald Trump's presidency, the image of U.S. leadership is weaker worldwide than it was under his two predecessors, as median approval across 134 countries and areas stands at a new low of 30%. news.gallup.com (See also Trump Effect)|
|2018.02.01||Four years after the United States pledged to help the world fight infectious-disease epidemics such as Ebola, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is dramatically downsizing its epidemic prevention activities, reducing it's budget by 80% in 39 out of 49 countries because money is running out. washingtonpost.com (See also Reversals, Assaults on Government)|
|2018.02.27||Officials in at least four countries have privately discussed ways they can manipulate Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, by taking advantage of his complex business arrangements, financial difficulties and lack of foreign policy experience, according to current and former U.S. officials familiar with intelligence reports on the matter. washingtonpost.com (See also Jared Kushner, Nepotism, Corruption, China, Israel, Mexico)|
Among those nations discussing ways to influence Kushner to their advantage were the United Arab Emirates, China, Israel and Mexico, the current and former officials said.
|2018.03.02||Jared Kushner's firm made a direct pitch to Qatar’s minister of finance in April 2017 in an attempt to secure investment for his signature 666 Fifth Avenue property in NYC, and after being rebuffed, Kushner provided critical support to a Middle Eastern diplomatic row that culminated in a blockade of Qatar. theintercept.com (See also Jared Kushner, Conflicts of Interest, Corruption)|
|2018.03.08||A trade pact originally conceived by the United States to counter China’s growing economic might in Asia now has a new target: Donald Trump’s embrace of protectionism, as a group of 11 nations — including allies like Japan, Canada and Australia — signed a broad trade deal that challenges Mr. Trump’s view of trade as a zero-sum game filled with winners and losers. nytimes.com (See also Economy, Trans-Pacific Partnership)|
|2018.03.08||Donald Trump imposed tariffs on imported steel and aluminum but offered relief to some U.S. allies, and opened the door for other countries to "negotiate" for exemptions. washingtonpost.com (See also Economy, Trade, NAFTA)|
|2018.03.08||North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, has invited Donald Trump to meet for negotiations over its nuclear program. nytimes.com (See also North Korea)|
|2018.03.12||Qatari officials gathered evidence of what they claim is illicit influence by the United Arab Emirates on Jared Kushner and other Trump associates, including details of secret meetings, but decided not to give the information to special counsel Robert Mueller for fear of harming relations with the Trump administration nbcnews.com (See also Jared Kushner, Russian Meddling in Election, Trump Relationship with Russia, Conflicts of Interest)|
|2018.03.22||Donald Trump named John R. Bolton as his third national security adviser, replacing General H.R. McMaster, creating one of the most hawkish national security teams of any White House in recent history nytimes.com (See also Resignations and Dismissals, H.R. McMaster)|
|2018.04.01||China is moving forward with its plan to counter Donald Trump's new tariffs on steel and aluminum, levying duties on more than $3 billion in US exports - imposing a 15% tariff increase on goods including American fruit and nuts and add a 25% tariff on pork, recycled aluminum and other goods, totaling 128 products. politico.com (See also China, Economy)|
|2018.04.04||After asking for an immediate withdrawal from Syria, Donald Trump backed off after commanders told him they still needed time to complete their mission. nytimes.com (See also Syria, Reversals)|
|2018.04.16||Donald Trump on Monday put the brakes on a preliminary plan to impose additional economic sanctions on Russia, walking back a Sunday announcement by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley that the Kremlin had swiftly denounced as “international economic raiding.” washingtonpost.com (See also Trump Relationship with Russia, Nikki Haley, Russia)|
Trump conferred with his national security advisers and told them he was upset the sanctions were being officially rolled out because he was not yet comfortable executing them.
|2018.05.08||Donald Trump said he is pulling the United States out of the international nuclear deal with Iran, despite last-ditch efforts by Britain, France and Germany to convince him the accord could be “fixed.” washingtonpost.com (See also Iran, Reversals, Steven Mnuchin)|
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the administration was revoking licenses for Boeing and Airbus, which were among the biggest deals since the nuclear accord,as Boeing had planned to sell IranAir about 80 aircraft worth about $17 billion; Airbus had agreed to sell 100 aircraft worth about $19 billion.
|2018.05.10||German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Europe can no longer count on the U.S. for military protection and must “take its destiny into its own hands.” bloomberg.com (See also Europe, Reversals)|
|2018.05.24||Donald Trump, citing a flurry of hostile statements from North Korea, pulled out of a highly anticipated summit meeting with Kim Jong-un. nytimes.com (See also North Korea, Reversals)|
In an opinion piece for Politico published on less than a month into the Trump Administration, Jon Fine makes the case that there is no coherent foreign policy doctrine guiding the Administration's actions abroad. He details the confusing and contradictory statements coming from the Administration on Iran, Russia, Israel, China, Japan, and Syria. Fine suggests two possible reasons for the lack of a coherent approach:
In almost any other administration, much of the work of establishing basic foreign policy views would have been done already—not in the first month in office, but long before that, through working groups of policy experts convened by the campaign. The Trump campaign didn’t bother with that, either because they didn’t think it would help them win (which is probably true) or because they assumed that in the unlikely event of a victory they would quickly catch up (which was false).
The world will not wait until we get our act together. Left to their own guesswork, adversaries and allies can easily miscalculate the strength of our support or opposition. And other nations—friends like Germany, but also competitors like China—will move to fill any vacuum left by the confusion over America’s basic approach.