"America First" has become America.
President Donald Trump has pulled the US out of a groundbreaking nuclear deal with Iran over the objections of all the other countries that have signed the agreement. Now he is in a dangerously escalating conflict with Tehran.
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He accepted the offer to sit down with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un without consulting anyone. Now, Pyongyang is again testing weapons and re-enforcing its rhetorical fire on the US.
After unsuccessfully persuading Beijing to change long-standing trade practices that he considers unfair, he proposed import tariffs on China. Now the two are at a dead end in trade negotiations, which shakes the fear on the world markets.
Two and a half years after his presidency, Trump sees himself increasingly isolated as he progresses in any dispute – all exacerbated by his go-it-alone strategy.
"This government does not care about winning allies. We are moving forward. Period, "said Gérard Araud, who retired to the United States in April as French ambassador. "For us we are completely at a loss – 60, 70 years foreign policy thrown overboard."
These sections will be on display later this week as Trump travels to Japan for an annual gathering of the world's 20 largest economies. While discussions are to focus on financial issues, a number of foreign policy hotspots – starting with Iran – are expected to overshadow meetings.
Days ago, Iran shot down an unmanned US drone and moved the two districts closer to an armed conflict. Trump said he had ordered a retaliatory strike on Iran on Thursday night, but stopped it at the last minute as the attack would kill an estimated 150 people.
Even before the last provocation of Iran, the Pentagon announced that it would dispose of 1,000 more American troops in the Middle East, supplemented by 1,000 troops sent to the region.
"Trump has opposed diplomatic negotiations such as business deals such as personal engagement, high stakes and threats to leave. However, international relations have complicated and sometimes dangerous second-order effects, "said Amanda Sloat, Deputy Assistant Secretary in the State Department and senior Middle East adviser to the Obama White House. "Iran, North Korea, and China are challenges ahead of Trump, so the question is whether his approach will make matters worse."
Trump took office in a wave of nationalist sentiment promising to withdraw the US from international agreements as well as from the Middle East. Military entanglements in the East.
Trump withdrew from the Paris Climate Agreement, an international climate change pact, and withdrew most of the American forces from Syria, flirting with a complete withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Perhaps most notably, Trump has resigned from a 2015 agreement that was concluded between Iran, the US, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China, offering Iran sanctions in return for curtailing its nuclear program.
In any case, Trump acted essentially unilaterally, avoiding the usual support and support of the United States' allies as he sought to implement his "America First" strategy.
"We are not bored." The idiots, people, "he said as he visited US troops in Iraq in December. "We're spread all over the world, we're in countries most people have never heard of, and frankly it's ridiculous."
But his take-it-or-leave strategy has in some cases not fully met the foreign policy vision he outlined when he took office. Bring US troops home and no longer monitor the globe.
In addition to sending more troops to the Middle East in the face of increasing tensions with Iran, Trump has warned President Bashar Assad twice before deploying chemical weapons to civilians. And Trump's military advisers have so far convinced the president to be militarily present in Syria and Afghanistan.
Trump was in any case criticized by the Democrats and even by some Republicans for turning away from US allies and international organizations and rejecting diplomacy. This condemnation was particularly acute as the US and Iran approached a possible military confrontation.
And a turning point is emerging. Iran announced last week that it will have more nuclear fuel in stock by the end of the month than is allowed by the 2015 agreement, which will survive despite the US withdrawal. Tehran also said that it could potentially enrich its uranium beyond the limits set by the agreement and bring it closer to the ability to produce a nuclear weapon.
"The place we arrived in Iran is Donald Trump's election," tweeted Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), A member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "He opted for an escalation of diplomacy, without any idea how it will come out of the downward spiral that it set in motion. "
Iran is not Trump's only unfinished business, after the G-20 summit, Trump will stop in Seoul to Speaking to South Korean President Moon Jae-in on North Korea.
The Trump government's denuclearization talks with North Korea have stalled in recent months after initial progress, after Pygoyang's initial talks halted his atomic testing and dismantled some of his nuclear facilities However, at the second summit meeting between Trump and Kim Jong Un in February, Trump resigned prematurely following Kim's substantial withdrawal of sanctions in Aust Ausch for several more intermediate steps of Denuklearisierung had requested.
Since then, North Korea has restarted what experts call limited rocket testing. Trump again broke allies – and even his own advisers – when he stated that the new tests did not violate a UN Security Council resolution.
"It is nearly impossible for allies to understand what US policy is about. Said Heather Conley, who served as deputy foreign minister during the George W. Bush administration and is now senior vice president at the Center for Strategic & International Studies. "It is likely that the president's reactive instinct makes his other strategies more difficult, as none of them has been thought out or coordinated."
Trump is expected to also meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 conference to discuss their escalating trade dispute, in which each country beat tariffs on each other's goods. Talks between the two countries are ongoing, but no immediate deal is expected.
"He believes that the rules of the system were fundamentally detrimental to the United States," said Ivo Daalder, a US ambassador to NATO, who serves as president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs until 2013. "What he did not understand are the rules that have created the system of cooperation between countries."
The most pressing question at the G-20 meeting, according to Daalder, was whether China would replace the US as the world leader.
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