Trump and the G20

If you are wondering what will happen with Donald Trump during his visit to Europe, I have written something for The Telegraph (behind paywall), but the crux of his worldview is outlined in the following…

The answer lies in a much analysed text written by Mr McMaster and Gary Cohn, director of the National Economic Council, after Mr Trump’s first foreign trip.

Neither is on the hardcore populist wing of the administration. They practised a sort of reasonable pragmatism (it’s all relative in this White House) in setting out a vision of foreign policy in a piece published in the Wall Street Journal in May entitled “America First doesn’t mean America alone”.

“The president embarked on his first foreign trip with a clear-eyed outlook that the world is not a “global community” but an arena where nations, nongovernmental actors, and businesses engage and compete for advantage. We bring to this forum unmatched military, political, economic, cultural, and moral strength. Rather than deny this elemental nature of international affairs, we embrace it”


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