Skip to main content
The Three Stages of Trump’s Foreign Policy
U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks during a conference with federal, state and local veterans leaders in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building November 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The Three Stages of Trump’s Foreign Policy

Walter Russell Mead

President Trump’s foreign policy has passed through two stages—one restrained and one more turbulent. The third and most decisive is now beginning to take shape.

Through most of his first year in office, Mr. Trump moved cautiously on the international stage and tended to defer to mainstream advisers. Starting last spring with the departures of H.R. McMaster and Gary Cohn, Mr. Trump has been taking more radical steps, ramping up tariff wars around the world while jettisoning the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Iran nuclear deal, the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty and the Universal Postal Union.

Read the full article on the Wall Street Journal’s website here

Related Articles

Transcript: Dialogues on American Foreign Policy and World Affairs: A Conversation with Senator Marco Rubio

Walter Russell Mead

Following is the full transcript of the September 23rd, 2020 Hudson event titled Dialogues on American Foreign Policy and World Affairs: A Conversatio...

Continue Reading

How America Helped Iraq Fall under Iran’s Grip

Michael Pregent

Forty years ago today, Iraq launched an invasion of neighboring Iran, beginning a war that would drag on until 1988 and leave hundreds of thousands de...

Continue Reading

The Wolves of Peace: Iran, Turkey and a Strategic Revolution in the Middle East

Lewis Libby & Hillel Fradkin

The past two months have unveiled the beginning of a strategic revolution in the Middle East – a diplomatic triumph years in the making. Israeli Pr...

Continue Reading