This area explores the foreign policies of the Trump administration.
Countries and regions
- North Korea
- Saudi Arabia
- South Korea
- United Kingdom
- United Nations
|2016.02.25||Here is what would happen in Trump's first 100 days if he beats a Democratic nominee on November 9, 2016. theguardian.com (See also First 100 Days, Domestic Policy, Supreme Court, Vice-President, Guantánamo, Immigration, Syria, China, Mexico Wall, Mexico)|
|2017.01.23||Trump reinstates Reagan's "Global Gag Rule," stopping foreign aid to clinics abroad that provide or advocate for abortion services. nbcnews.com (See also Planned Parenthood, Women, Health Care)|
|2017.01.25||Multiple senior officers resign their posts with the State Department as U.S. s diplomats express private concerns about foreign policy under Trump. washingtonpost.com (See also Department of State, Rex Tillerson)|
A handful of senior U.S. diplomats are resigning their posts during President Donald Trump’s first week on the job, creating more high-level openings that the new president must fill.
|2017.01.25||Trump said he wants to "fight fire with fire" when it comes to terrorism, suggesting he is open to bringing back torture because he *absolutely* believes it works. cnn.com (See also James Mattis, Department of Defense)|
Trump would violate a US law ratified by the Senate in 2015 and go against the view of Defense Secretary James Mattis.
|2017.02.02||European Union sees U.S. under Trump as world's gravest crisis. nytimes.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior, Europe)|
|2017.02.02||Trump's team made Yemen raid decisions over dinner, suggesting a risky casual attitude in use of force. pbs.org (See also Yemen, National Defense)|
|2017.02.03||The president could have started a foreign-policy revolution. Instead, he triggered a foreign-policy revolt by picking fights with China, Australia, Mexico, and seven muslim countries as well as flirting with a trade war that would damage the world's economy. foreignpolicy.com (See also First 100 Days)|
|2017.02.07||Iran's top leader mocks Trump, calling him "Mr. Newcomer" and thanking him for revealing "the political, economic, social and moral corruption of the U.S. government." apnews.com (See also Iran, First 100 Days)|
|2017.02.09||The Atlantic's Karim Sadjadpour outlines ways Trump administration could potentially lead U.S. into war with Iran. theatlantic.com (See also First 100 Days, Iran)|
|2017.02.13||Trump and his aides coordinated their response to North Korea’s missile test at his Florida club without retiring to a secure location. nytimes.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior)|
President Trump and his aides coordinated their response to North Korea’s missile test at his Florida club without retiring to a secure location.
|2017.02.17||State Dept. lays off most of the career diplomats who serve as conduits between the Secretary's office and country bureaus in a move that many view as a sign that key foreign policy portfolios will be controlled directly by the White House. cbsnews.com (See also Rex Tillerson, Department of State)|
|2017.02.18||Senator John McCain tells Munich Security Conference that Trump administration is "in disarray." reuters.com (See also First 100 Days)|
|2017.02.28||Trump proposal to cut budgets for State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development by 37% draws fierce criticism from lawmakers and foreign affairs experts. wsj.com (See also Department of State, First 100 Days)|
|2017.03.13||Trump instructs State Department staffers to find ways to cut 50 percent ($5 billion) in U.S. funding for the United Nations. Most cuts will be to peacekeeping missions, UNICEF, and international development. U.N. expert Richard Gowan says this will cause a “breakdown of the international humanitarian system as we know it.” foreignpolicy.com (See also United Nations)|
|2017.03.14||Tillerson threatens to have the U.S leave the U.N Human Rights Council. foreignpolicy.com (See also Rex Tillerson, First 100 Days)|
|2017.03.15||Trump during rally says, "We don’t need friends abroad." washingtonpost.com (See also First 100 Days)|
|2017.03.17||Trump refuses to shake Angela Merkel's hand during meeting. independent.co.uk (See also First 100 Days, Germany)|
|2017.03.22||Eleven countries sign a joint letter criticizing China for torturing lawyers. The U.S. does not. Unclear if U.S. failure to sign the letter is a sign of disorganization, the lack of a clear China policy, or a wavering over human rights. washingtonpost.com (See also China)|
|2017.03.31||Steven Groves, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley's chief of staff, advocates severing relations with the U.N. Human Rights Council, pulling out of the Paris climate agreement, and refusing to cooperate with the International Criminal Court. nytimes.com (See also Nikki Haley)|
|2017.04.03||Trump praises Egypt's authoritarian leader, shifting away from international human rights . nytimes.com (See also First 100 Days)|
|2017.04.18||The Trump administration makes misleading statements about an 'armada' heading to North Korea. washingtonpost.com (See also Assaults on Facts, First 100 Days, North Korea)|
The saga of the USS Carl Vinson.
|2017.05.15||Trump reveals highly classified information provided by a U.S. security partner to Russian officials during White House meeting, jeopardizing a critical intelligence source on the Islamic State. washingtonpost.com (See also Russia, Trump Relationship With Russia)|
|2017.06.04||While world leaders call for unity after London attack, Trump attacks and ridicules to attempt to score political points. washingtonpost.com (See also United Kingdom, Unpresidential Behavior, Muslim Immigration Ban)|
|2017.06.05||When Trump addressed NATO leaders during his debut overseas, he surprised and disappointed his own top national security officials by failing to reaffirm the Article 5 provision in his speech. politico.com (See also Rex Tillerson, James Mattis, H.R. McMaster)|
|2017.06.15||Paul Manafort is at the center of an FBI investigation into ties between Trump’s team and the Russians, but that hasn’t stopped him from doing business with international figures and companies, partly by claiming continued access to Trump. politico.com (See also Corruption, Russia, Trump Relationship with Russia, Conflicts of Interest, Legal Activity, China)|
|2017.06.16||By rolling back Obama-era policies that allowed more private business investment in Cuba, Trump undermines a growth area for his hotel and resort competitors who have raced in recent years to establish a foothold in a lucrative new market. washingtonpost.com (See also Conflicts of Interest, Eric Trump, Cuba)|
|2017.06.17||In the feud among nations in the Persian Gulf, Trump has supported those with which he does business, criticizing Qatar, differing sharply from the positions of the Pentagon and State Department. nytimes.com (See also Corruption, Conflicts of Interest, Saudi Arabia, Rex Tillerson, Department of State)|
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.