In the past few months, a new and powerful virus travels the world, now the whole planet on alert. But for nearly four years, another virus just as dangerous and sow panic in the international relations : the virus Trump. It does not seem easy to get rid of it, but it will may be his final fate next November.
The effect Trump
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The effect Trump
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Based on the reading of thousands of documents, Charles-Philippe David, professor of political science at UQAM, notes how the arrival of Trump at the White House has transformed completely the way of governing of the largest military power in the world. With Trump, ” the national interest is confounded with the personal interest, the decisions a day do more the next day, one thing and its opposite are said about the same issue “. David speaks of a real “infection” that causes the ” virus Trump “, which we can’t measure yet the extent of the damage, especially in matters of foreign policy. Even the closest advisers do not know on what foot to dance and looking to take their distance so as not to be infected. With the result that the reputation of the United States in the world takes a serious blow and that this country is more and more alone because of its decisions are inconsistent and dangerous.
According to David, Trump rivals the daring and contradictions. He wants to do more while disengaging from some international missions. As we have seen recently with the world health Organization (MSO). “America first “, clamp-t-he, in an evident desire to close in on itself by protectionist measures, but he is looking at the same time to impose his superiority anywhere outside of its borders. There is thus in a unique situation since 1945 : “a superpower more and more isolated in the international system “.
The doctrine Trump, which leaves little room for diplomacy and cooperation, would be a “finger” to the rest of the world, but especially to the us democrats, Barack Obama in the lead, Trump attempting to demolish everything that the ex-president had put in place. To such a degree that one could nickname this doctrine : “to consistently do the opposite of Obama “.
It is now the law of the jungle prevails. Wolves the strongest are vying for the loot. To reassure its base, the United States must give the illusion to come out winners in all of the negotiations, even at the price of an about-face dramatic and irrational, to make it look like the president. There are more alliances that hold. Hay international organizations too restrictive with their contributions, their rules, their guidelines, their obligations and duties. It is the short-term and improvisation, which prevail at the expense of strategic interests. Some speak of “myopic” strategic “.
“Trump first “
One quickly realizes that the national interest must coincide with the personal interests of Trump, a real ” free electron “, according to several. “America first “would rather” Trump first.” A never-before-seen. “Trump thinks he is the country “, says a journalist seasoned.
Preferring the economic weapon — we think all of these sanctions that it imposes on the companies that dare to challenge the blockade against Cuba, Venezuela, or Iran — to the military weapon, Trump would have echoed the famous phrase of Theodore Roosevelt : “Speak softly, but wield a big stick. “However, the loss of trust is so pervasive that the word of the most powerful man in the world, it’s not worth anything.
While for decades, the United States had shown leadership in international organizations, with Trump, the United States would prefer to remove it. This opt-out policy can only weaken the United States ‘ role in the world. It is no longer ” America first “, but rather “America last,” concluded the professor David. The diplomacy is well-reasoned, gave way to tweets, improvised subject ” to the whims of its author “.
Charles-Philippe David draws up a balance sheet near-catastrophic of the current international policy of the United States and a troubling picture of the president. If the worst has not yet occurred, it is to be feared if he is re-elected next November.