The complex but delicate global supremacy that the US has built since the end of WW2 has been rattled and weakened by the Trump presidency, asserts Alfred McCoy in The Nation. He has sought to retreat from America’s various roles across the globe, preferring a brand of isolationism that hurts ties with allies, emboldens enemies, and lessens the sway that the US has internationally. From denouncing NATO to pulling out of trade deals in Asia, Trump is decreasing America’s hard and soft power. As allies and potential trade partners lose confidence in the US as a global leader and upholder of international rules, countries like China and Russia benefit.
After much dithering and indecisiveness in the Obama years, President Trump’s assertiveness has gotten results and made the US stronger abroad, infers Nile Gardiner of National Post. After his call to action, NATO allies are finally increasing their defense budgets. Trump giving more freedom to the military accelerated the remarkable and swift submission of ISIS. Plus, America has a stronger foothold in Syria thanks to him. The president identified key allies like Israel, Japan and Great Britain and has rightly improved relations with them. While abrasive at times, Trump has made sure that allies and opponents are on their toes when dealing with the US.