Dr, David Cowan
Trump’s talk is Exceptionalist, but as president we can expect him to do as all American presidents, Republican and Democrat, have done, and that is protect American interests. Presidents come and go, with policy missteps and successes, but in truth there is not a great deal of difference between them, and despite all the hysteria in media reportage a President Trump will continue in this tradition.
So, what is Donald Trump’s foreign policy? Good question, so here’s a visual guide to Mr. Trump’s foreign policy.
Foreign Policy Guide #1: This gesture in France means "A*****e"
The French are very internationalists in their approach, and also very lax when it comes to economic matters. It remains a socialistic country, which supports the UN, NATO, EU and any other international game going. One of Trump’s signature foreign policy statements has been, "NATO is costing us a fortune, and yes, we're protecting Europe, but we're spending a lot of money." Trump’s bottom line is an economic one, and he does not believe in spending US dollars being the world’s policeman. Foreign views of Trump is that he’s, well, an “A******,” but they don’t get to vote for him, and many in America will agree with him on this, and many conservatives have been vocal in the past about the cost of America’s role in the world.
Foreign Policy #2: This gesture in Britain means "F*** Off!"
Will Britain and America have a special relationship with a President Trump? If they BREXIT, the current incumbent President Obama told Britain they’ll get to the back of the queue, even using the local word for waiting in line. Many in Britain want to tell Eurocrats to “F*** off” and they’ll soon get their chance at the polls. The Brits also recently had calls for a travel ban on Trump traveling to Britain, and told him to “F*** off” too. However, Trump has a soft spot for Britain, and some of them are golf courses that he owns. He’ll probably try and smooth things over, with a lot depending on the economic fallout if Britain BREXITs, but if they stay then expect the special relationship to remain. This said, the special relationship has not hit the high spot of Reagan and Thatcher since then, and rarely amounts to much anyway. If the Brits keep attacking his golf course plans he may have enough, and whether president of America or his own business, he could one day tell Britain to “F*** off” anyway.
Guide to Foreign Policy #3: This gesture in Iran means "F*** You!"
Trump’s remarks about Islam are legendary, but he has also said "I would knock the hell out of ISIS in some form. I would rather not do it with our troops, you understand that." He has said he will support efforts in the Middle East by nations there to help themselves, but also wants to dismantle what he believes is a disastrous nuclear weapons deal with Iran. He doesn’t trust them, he thinks they’ll violate the deal, and probably thinks the other nations will not be self-sufficient either when it comes to tackling ISIS and thus suck his presidency into the mire, and “f*** you, if I’m getting to let that happen!” may be what we will him say on future White House tapes.
Guide to Foreign Policy #4: This gesture in any country means "I haven't a F****ing Clue!"
Unlike the international adulation that greeted Mr. Obama to the presidency, Mr Trump will be as welcome abroad as President Bush making a comeback tour. His foreign policy approach is pretty much in line with the GOP and conservatives in America, so he will have support in this respect. International opinion is that Mr. Trump doesn’t, well, have a “F****** clue,” but then as I said at the top, they don’t get to vote, and even President Obama’s initial warm welcome is a far cry from international opinion about him today. More importantly, foreign policy has never been the reason a candidate has been voted into the White House, So, in the parlance of this article, Mr. Trump probably doesn’t give a “F***”.