America in the World Today

 

President Trump’s foreign policy is one of personal grievances.

Bob Corker Former US Senator (R), Tennessee; Former Chairman, Senate Foreign Rela...
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America in the World Today

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Former US Senator Bob Corker, Republican of Tennessee, who led the Senate Foreign Relations Committee from 2015 to 2019, and Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass analyze the United States’ role in the world — how our relationships, responsibilities, entanglements, and motivations, have shifted in recent years and what’s at stake in the months ahead.

Domestic turmoil gives the president a window to drive foreign policy
Domestic turmoil gives the president a window to drive foreign policy
What does foreign policy mean to Republicans now?
China’s a threat, but not in the way Trump thinks it is
The US should bolster foreign aid in its own backyard, not cut it
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Domestic turmoil gives the president a window to drive foreign policy

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Arms sales to Saudi Arabia, tariffs implemented against the EU and China, a tepid response to Russian interference in electionsthe Trump administration is increasingly going it alone on significant foreign policy decisions. Bob Corker, former US Senator (R) from Tennessee, sees this as a regrettable, but inevitable, result of a gridlocked Congress:

Bob Corker 2019
Domestic turmoil gives the president a window to drive foreign policy

With voters in the US prizing action over deliberation, Trump has used increasingly unilateral methods to circumvent both Congressional indecision and oversight.

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What does foreign policy mean to Republicans now?

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Although President Trump is the figurehead of the modern Republican party, he’s also a foreign policy iconoclast. Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, questions whether Trump’s approach to foreign policy will live on past his presidency. Sen. Corker contends that Trump’s foreign policy is defined mainly by personal impulse and animus, and that’s hard to replicate.

I don’t think [Trump’s foreign policy] is translatable to a group of people who serve in the Senate. It’s just a very different way of dealing with foreign policy.
Bob Corker

Any future president will have to work with — or around — the decisions Trump made. But Trump’s style of foreign policy will probably end along with his term(s) in office.

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China’s a threat, but not in the way Trump thinks it is

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Sen. Corker agrees with Trump that China poses a formidable challenge to US interests both at home and abroad, but he says that Trump is focusing on the wrong issues:

America in the World Today 2019
China’s a threat, but not in the way Trump thinks it is

Instead of trade imbalances and tariffs, Corker claims that it’s China’s theft of intellectual property and forced transference policies that are much more damaging long-term.

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The US should bolster foreign aid in its own backyard, not cut it

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Richard Haass asks Sen. Corker where he sees opportunity for the US to have a positive impact in the world, and Corker immediately proposes tightening the US’ bonds with Central and South American countries. Not only would stronger US ties advance democracy and human rights in the region, says Corker, but they could also strengthen the US’ economy. At Haass’s pressing, Corker also affirms his support for careful increases to aid in the region. 

US foreign aid to Central and South America totaled over $2.5 billion in 2018, according to USAID. Colombia was the largest single recipient, receiving around $500 million.

The Trump administration has used cuts to foreign aid as a bargaining chip for its policy goals in Central and South America, and Corker says this could be detrimental to everyone involved. Although there is potential for abuse (aid money being funneled to criminal enterprises, for example), Corker sees targeted increases in aid as an essential path forward in the region. 

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