In retrospect, it seems obvious that President Trump might consider withdrawing from the World Trade Organization. He is passionate about globalization, so scratched "world". He has sworn to revise international economic contracts, so until later, "trade." As for his relationship with "organization"? Well, let's be the judge.
The report that Trump had spoken about leaving the WTO came from Jonathan Swan of Axios on Friday morning.
"He is [threatened to withdraw] 100 times," One source told Swan. "It would be us total [screw] as a country." (If you're curious about what word "[screw]" replaces, we have an estimate .)
More generally, though, the reason it should have been predictable was that Trump was getting out of the WTO would flirt that he does that. Since he became president, he has been flirting with the withdrawal of the United States from several major organizations or agreements – and has actually withdrawn the country from several others. In some cases, these flirtations make small groups smaller. In others, however, such a move would or would establish the United States as one of the few countries on the planet holding its isolated position.
When Trump has withdrawn the US
We can start the Iran deal, more formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. Trump ranted against the deal on the election campaign, arguing that this was one of the worst deals ever made and that his terms, including the return of large sums of money to Iran, are ridiculous
Many within foreign policy The government however, recommended that the treaty not be revoked, as this would be an effective way to keep Iran at bay. For a while, these voices prevailed. Last month, Trump headed and retired.
Trump also frequently criticized the Trans-Pacific Partnership as a candidate and generally argued that it was a bad trade for the United States and at a point that it was to accept China could strengthen somehow. (China was not a party to the agreement.)
Three days after his presidency, the United States was out of the trade agreement.
There is a topic on the first two examples on our list: Everyone took a long time to bargain. This also applies to the third example.
The Paris Climate Agreement should be a non-binding global agreement that would lead to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from both large and small economies. Trump again criticized the agreement on the election campaign, which economically disadvantaged the United States. In June 2017, he announced that the United States would withdraw from the agreement – although this process will not be completed until the day after the presidential election in 2020.
Last week, Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to the United Nations, announced the withdrawal of America from the UN Human Rights Council, frustrated at Israel's treatment of the body.
Interestingly, Israel still participates in the council, although it is not a member. (This is the same status that North Korea and Eritrea hold.) According to a UN spokesman, the United States is the only country that does not participate in the council.
When Trump Talks About US Isolation
Then there are the threats and rumblings and comments that suggest that Trump is not satisfied with America's position on other boards and agreements.
We mentioned that at the beginning, but it is still remarkable how isolated the United States would be if it left the WTO. Almost every country on the planet – except for exceptions like Turkmenistan, Greenland, Eritrea, North Korea and French Guiana – is a member or WTO observer.
On a smaller scale, Trump has repeatedly flirted with the withdrawal of the United States from the North American Free Trade Agreement, preferring to make individual contracts with Canada and Mexico instead. This step is still on the table.
Earlier this month Trump revealed a split within the group of Seven Countries (formerly the Group of Eight, before Russia was formed for the conquest of the Crimea). Following a series of contentious debates at a Canadian summit, Trump announced after his departure that the United States would not sign a joint statement representing the seven member states.
Then there's the big one.
Trump has repeatedly vilified NATO members for failing to bring their fair share into the Alliance and reportedly complaining about the organization in private talks with world leaders.
Earlier in the week, Josh Rogin of the Post reported that Trump was a very specific joke on the subject in a conversation with the Prime Minister of Sweden in March.
"Prime Minister Stefan Lofven told Trump that Sweden, although not a member of NATO, cooperates with the Alliance on a case-by-case basis," Rogin reported. "Trump responded that the United States should take this approach into account."
Rogin noticed that a high-ranking government official told him that Trump was joking. One could, however, be forgiven if one carries out his threat to leave an international pact.