Trump reverses himself on NATO, China, Russia and more

15 April, 2017, 05:35 | Author: Gregory Stephens

On the Export-Import Bank: In the same interview with the Journal, Trump reversed his position on the Export-Import Bank, which underwrites loans for overseas companies that buy US products.

President Trump clarified Wednesday what he returned from China, that it would be advantageous to the nation he insulted so frequently on the battle field.

It turns out that wielding power - as opposed to criticizing it - can change your outlook.

"On Wednesday, Trump backed away from several other firm positions that he had held for months on the campaign trail". I think we had a very good chemistry together.

Donald Trump hosted Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the White House on April 12 for a "productive discussion about what more Nato can do in the fight against terrorism".

If history is any guide, Trump has no consistent ideology, and his positions on any given policy are meaningless.

And from calling China a major currency manipulator to telling the Wall Street Journal it's not.

"He's flexible, perhaps unprincipled, with a pragmatic approach to government", he said.

"When people vote for presidents, it's more for attributes than it is for issues", McKinnon adds.

A senior administration official - speaking as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was in Moscow for hard talks on Syria - pointed the finger of blame at Russian Federation for an alleged coup attempt during October's election.

"He's starting to have a more nuanced and deeper understanding of a lot of issues", said Wormuth, now a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.


The US missile strike was an exclamation mark establishing that Trump, for the time being at least, has come to see Russian Federation in more conventional US foreign policy terms. He said one nice thing about me. But now that he is president and, in the words of White House press secretary Sean Spicer, "circumstances change", Trump is entirely comfortable taking different views. "At the right time everyone will come to their senses & there will be lasting peace!" he tweeted. "All the problems the previous administration had still remain", she said.

One upside to the Trump China flip-flop: He flipped in the direction of truth.

The president also has a developing perspective on North Korea.

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal released Wednesday night, Trump admitted that he had underestimated the complexities of the relationship between China and North Korea. "It's been very much misreported that we failed with health care". The observation came following the airstrikes launched against Syria by the nation in retaliation for the chemical attack conducted by the latter.

Donald Trump has softened his position on Nato, claiming the organisation is "no longer obsolete" as the military alliance now prioritises fighting terrorism.

"You can not not talk to China". Number one, I think the distribution of costs has to be changed.

Stoltenberg, though, said that Trump's support of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has been consistent, including stating his support very clearly when they spoke by telephone shortly after the November election.

- Abandoned his vow to label China a currency manipulator.

General Secretary Stoltenberg praised the U.S. deployment in Eastern Europe and talked up the strength of the Alliance, underscoring the 2% commitment to defense expenditure.

Others were not so lucky - falling on the wrong side of Trump's list of good guys and bad guys. "We may be at an all-time low in terms of relationship with Russia", Trump said pensively.

While neither side would say exactly what sort of deal was struck, it seemed to confirm observers' predictions that both leaders went into the summit expecting to size each other up and see to what extent they could do business with each other.

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