President Trump has shown great skill in dealing with Iran and North Korea, argues Conrad Black of National Review. With the former of the two, undoing the Iran nuclear deal was the right choice. The US can now use its leverage to push the regime towards more concessions and definitive nuclear disarmament. Sanctions and the possibility of war would be very hard to stomach for Iran. A tough approach strongly contributed in bringing North Korea to the table, which will likely agree to concessions. Both countries have threatened others with nuclear weapons. Trump was right to apply pressure on them to ensure they don’t act out their threats.
The foreign policy strategy of President Trump has alienated historic allies and made the world less safe, infers Nic Robertson of CNN. In particular, pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal and moving the US embassy to Jerusalem caused chain reactions that will hurt US national interests. The former was met with much resistance from European nations, given that Trump made this decision seemingly without their input. It could also result in Iran reigniting its nuclear program. Moving the embassy to Jerusalem was needlessly provocative, hurt the prospect of peace, bred anti-US animosity in Gaza, and benefitted Hamas politically.