Trump’s Administration and Foreign Policy Implications

If you have been paying attention to Trump’s administration appointments, you will notice that many of Trump’s nominees are billionaires like him. Mr Trump, throughout the election, has fancied himself a champion of the working class.

Mr Trump’s Cabinet appointees do not follow that model. Many of his appointees (Rex Tillerson, for example) are mega-rich billionaires who have made their fortune on globalism and free trade. Mr Trump’s protectionist policies fly in the face of the actions of many of his Cabinet appointees. Going forward, it will be interesting to see how former “globalists” handle their new protectionist agenda.

A large number of Mr Trump’s appointees are former military members, which in and of itself is not a bad thing. However, it gives rise to the idea that perhaps the Trump presidency will end up as more of a military administration than civilian administration. He is clearly going for the Reagan-esque “peace through strength” idea. To his supporters, an administration filled with military men and women means that “America will be respected again”. It seems that the only diplomatic strategy Trump or his supporters can fathom is war. Every diplomat knows that war is the last stage of diplomacy, not the first. It is my opinion that Trump will rely far too heavily on the military and scare-tactics to further his vague foreign policy agenda. This will result in deterioration of our most important alliances (Trump has already said he will “certainly look” at pulling the United States out of NATO).

It will also be interesting to see how a majority military administration handles an idea like pulling out of NATO. There is no doubt that people like Gen. James Mattis understands the importance of this alliance. Hopefully, the military members of Mr Trump’s administration will do their best to talk him out of any alliance-damaging actions.