‘America First’ ! Any doubt?
America cajoled a self esteem rooted on the belief that it is the indispensable leader in making a better world dominated by its imperialistic agenda. The present President Donald Trump during his presidential campaign asserted that America should play a more limited, non-interventionist role and should focus on “America First” policy. This policy didn’t go well with many and it created discomfort.
Trump is now infamous for breaking the conventions of speech and he adopts confrontation and hostile attitude in his speech which is inviting more troubles especially for the foreign policy establishment. It is jeopardizing the diplomatic conventions, dignified manners and is paving way for more political turbulence that may result in devastating consequences. It is quite evident in the foreign relations with Russia, North Korea, China, Syria etc.
Foreign leaders may consider Trump alarming, but they do not consider him serious. They may think they can use him, but they know they cannot rely on him. The leaders have begun to reshape alliances and reconfigure the networks that make up the global economy, bypassing the United States and diminishing its standing. In January, at the World Economic Forum, in Davos, Switzerland, Xi made a case for Chinese global leadership that was startlingly well received by officials, business people, and experts in attendance. In March, Canada formally joined a Chinese-led regional development bank that the Obama administration had opposed as an instrument of broadened Chinese influence; Australia, the United Kingdom, Germany, and France were among the founding members. In July, Japan and Europe agreed on a free-trade deal as an alternative to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which Trump had unceremoniously discarded.
When President Trump’s driving force is purely economical, there is definitely a drain of moral, ethical values that is must for a statesman. The sudden dropping of people from key posts is another area that needs more reflection and pragmatism. His penchant for big money people and wall street oligarchs would result in government controlled by money power.