The key difference between Donald Trump and Barack Obama is the the former’s dominant personality and natural leadership qualities, holds Jesse Kelly of The Federalist. He has loads of experience being in boardrooms, shaking hands, engaging with powerful people and, most importantly, making deals happen. This showed with North Korea and Iran, two countries with whom Obama failed immensely. Trump put them in their places, following words with hard actions. Obama was always too laid back and soft, which lost him much respect abroad. Trump’s strong character, if abrasive, is what’s needed to achieve foreign policy goals.
President Trump’s repeated criticism of Barack Obama’s foreign policy is unfair, believes Andrew Moran of The Independent. The now-former president came into office when the country was involved in costly engagements in the Middle East. From the get-go Obama said that he would put diplomacy over more wars. Since WW2, almost every US military campaign abroad has failed. Obama did allow strong action when necessary, launching 11,000 airstrikes against ISIS. He worked hard to limit China’s growing power and foreign interference. Not having gone to war shouldn’t be seen as a failure but a major achievement in hard times.