Feather-ruffler-in-chief. Trump’s recent overseas trip was a diplomatic disaster that exposed his poor moral fiber, infers Farron Cousins of The Ring of Fire. Trump shoving the Prime Minister of Montenegro aside to be at the forefront of the cameras stood out as particularly tactless. The president managed to alienate allies with needlessly provocative accusations of bad trade policies and assertions about debts to NATO. Cousins criticizes his $100 million arms deal with Saudi Arabia, a country that has been shown to fund terrorism. The president ends his trip having damaged alliances and cozied up to oppressive regimes.
American interests first. Trump furthered U.S. national goals abroad and projected strength during his recent trip, reports Nile Gardiner of CNN. Particularly in the Middle East, he managed to spread friendship where tension has reigned in the past. He was stern with Iran, reassuring key allies that the U.S. would reign in the country’s nuclear program. Showing his tough side with NATO will pressure its members into raising their defense spending, which has been falling short for years. When in the past the U.S. has been accused of not showing its strength enough, Trump’s trip affirmed America's position in the world.