He promised voters “America First” and Donald Trump appears to be doing all he can to accomplish just that even as a globalist-agenda-driven Congress, the media, and corporations continue to work against him nearly every step of the way.
Between nationalist speeches, protectionist gestures and high-octane Twitter outbursts, observers have struggled to identify a coherent strategy behind Trump’s decisions.
But one thread does stand out as he pulls out of trade deals, provokes allies and tears up international accords — he seems determined that no international ties will bind him.
…In Washington, having failed to get through to Trump despite the support of some of his top advisers, European diplomats are now lobbying Congress to save the Iran deal.
And, the Iran decision at least has some strong supporters in the US capital.
An outspoken group of foreign policy hawks, backed by influential senator Tom Cotton and Trump’s UN ambassador Nikki Haley, had been pushing for “decertification.”
And they, at least, agree with Trump that his tougher stance could give America more leverage, rather than less, with its foreign partners.
“If anything, the decision to decertify but keep the US in the deal could serve to bolster US credibility,” argues Behnam Ben Taleblu, of the Federation for Defense of Democracies.
Trump, he says, is “sending a message that the US will not be a party to agreements where it feels it has a material disadvantage.”
This theory will be put to the test almost immediately.
In the weeks to come Trump and senior US officials will attempt to build a coalition to pressure North Korea to abandon its nuclear program.