The President – Elect….Actually still a private citizen has been making phone calls ON HIS OWN to various leaders of other countries without consulting anyone else…..
Some of those calls are contrary to American Foreign Policy norms….
These outreach efforts are NOT gonna mean anything to the average American….
But they ARE gonna cause problems for the America Government on various levels that Trump does not KNOW about and probably cares about….
It is gonna be up to a LOT of people to corral some of the future President’s actions and he blindly does things….I say SOME because I’m sure NOBODY will be able to rein him in and for THAT America is gonna look stupid and suffer and the next President is gonna have his or her work cut for them putting things back together…One hopes that Trump does NOT work himself into something he can’t handle….
So much for him making America ‘Great’…..
Let’s hope he gets thru the next few years without getting America in trouble….
It appears that Donald Trump will be making things up as he goes along….At least for now…
The president-elect has shown little heed for the nuances of international diplomacy, holding a series of unscripted phone calls to foreign leaders that have roiled sensitive relationships with Britain, India and Pakistan. On Thursday, the White House urged Mr. Trump to use experts from the State Department to prepare him for these exchanges.
The White House was not told about Mr. Trump’s call until after it happened, according to a senior administration official. The potential fallout from the conversation was significant, this official said, noting that the Chinese government issued a bitter protest after the United States sold weapons to Taiwan as part of a well-established arms agreement grudgingly accepted by Beijing.
Mr. Trump’s call with President Tsai is a bigger provocation, though the Chinese government did not immediately issue a formal response. Beijing views Taiwan as a breakaway province and has adamantly opposed the attempts of any country to carry on official relations with it.
On Nov. 14, Mr. Trump spoke with Xi Jinping, China’s president, and a statement from Mr. Trump’s transition team said the two men had a “clear sense of mutual respect.”
Initial reaction from China about Friday’s telephone call was surprise, verging on disbelief…..
For his part, Mr. Trump has shown little concern about ruffling feathers in his exchanges with leaders. He also spoke on Friday with the Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, who has called Mr. Obama a “son of a whore,” threatened to shift Manila’s focus to China, and been accused of ordering the extrajudicial killings of thousands of suspected drug dealers.
Earlier this week, Mr. Trump appeared to accept an invitation from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to visit Pakistan, a country that Mr. Obama has steered clear of in his nearly eight years in office, largely because of tensions between Washington and Islamabad over counterterrorism policy and nuclear proliferation.
Lawmakers expressed alarm at the implications of Mr. Trump’s freewheeling approach.
Senator Chris Murphy, Democrat of Connecticut and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, learned of the Taiwan call before taking off on a plane, and dashed off a quick series of Twitter posts.
“What has happened in the last 48 hours is not a shift. These are major pivots in foreign policy w/out any plan. That’s how wars start,” Mr. Murphy wrote. “It’s probably time we get a Secretary of State nominee on board. Preferably w experience. Like, really really soon.”
One wonders if this brush up will move Trump from trying a ‘political’ Sec of State pick to someone who knows what they are doing?
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