This area explores the foreign policies of the Trump administration.
Countries and regions
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- Saudi Arabia
- South Korea
- United Kingdom
- United Nations
|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)|
|2017.03.13||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)|
|2017.05.15||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)|
|2017.06.26||In a wide ranging international study, Trump's presidency has taken a toll on the United States' image abroad, except for Russia. washingtonpost.com (See also Russia)|
|2017.06.26||Trump and many of his key policies are broadly unpopular around the globe, and ratings for the U.S. have declined steeply in many nations, according to a new Pew Research Center survey spanning 37 nations. pewglobal.org|
|2017.06.28||The Trump administration is expected to announce how it will implement its modified travel ban, following the Supreme Court's decision lifting a stay on the executive order imposed by two lower courts, barring travelers from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the U.S. for 90 days. npr.org (See also Muslim Immigration Ban, Muslims, Iran, Syria, Legal Activity)|
|2017.06.29||Six teenage Afghan female inventors have been rejected by the US for a one-week travel visa to escort their robot to the inaugural FIRST Global Challenge – an international robotics competition happening in Washington DC in mid-July. forbes.com (See also Muslim Immigration Ban, Women)|
|2017.07.10||The US military has received no guidance on how to enforce the ceasefire now in place in southwest Syria, even as the Trump administration hails it as a success. buzzfeed.com (See also Administration Errors, Syria, Department of Defense, H.R. McMaster)|
“You’d think we would be a part of it,” one US military official explained.
|2017.07.18||Trump met with Vladimir V. Putin of Russia a second time at the G20 summit, where they had a private one-on-one discussion over dinner that lasted as long as an hour and relied solely on a Kremlin-provided interpreter. nytimes.com (See also Russia, Trump Relationship with Russia, Administration Errors)|
|2017.07.22||Congress agrees on a bill to impose sanctions on Russia, Iran, and North Korea, posing a difficult veto dilemma for Trump. washingtonpost.com (See also Russia, North Korea, Iran, Trump Relationship with Russia)|
|2017.08.03||The Washington Post on Thursday published transcripts of Trump’s January phone calls with the leaders of Mexico and Australia — and they include plenty of bizarre, surreal, and stunning moments. buzzfeed.com (See also Mexico Wall, Mexico, Unpresidential Behavior, False Statements)|
|2017.08.03||Trump made building a wall along the southern U.S. border and forcing Mexico to pay for it core pledges of his campaign, but as transcripts of his first White House call with Mexico’s president reveal, Trump described his vow to charge Mexico as a growing political problem, pressuring the Mexican leader to stop saying publicly that his government would never pay. washingtonpost.com (See also Mexico Wall, Mexico)|
|2017.08.07||The decision to pull out of the TPP trade deal has become a double hit: the promised bump of $10 billion in agricultural output over 15 years, based on estimates by the U.S. International Trade Commission, won’t materialize, and Trump’s decision to withdraw from the pact also cleared the way for rival exporters such as Australia, New Zealand and the European Union to negotiate even lower tariffs with importing nations, creating potentially greater competitive advantages over U.S. exports. politico.com (See also Department of Agriculture, Trans-Pacific Partnership)|
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.