The way that President Trump engages with other countries, while abrasive, is highly effective at achieving America’s goals, argues Michael Walsh in the New York Post. His strategy is putting the best offer he has on the table right away. When the other party hesitates, he pulls out, like he did with North Korea when talks collapsed. This approach keeps other countries on their toes, which applies to allies as well. Achieving foreign policy goals isn’t about being popular. Asserting dominance is just more effective. While some countries might threaten with a trade war, all know that it would be much harder on them than on America.
Donald Trump’s divisive and impulsive foreign policy strategy is dismantling the carefully crafted global alliance that American supremacy has long been built upon, suggests Kori Schake of The New York Times. The US created a system that benefited it while allowing others to rise. The free flow of goods and services, under the cover of relative global peace, has been good for everyone. It allowed America to lower its military budget from 40% of GDP during WW2 to less than 4% today. Similarly, Europe has lowered its military aspirations, not challenged the US. Trump’s criticism of allies risks breaking this world order that bore many fruits.