Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy: America First or America Alone?

The newly elected president Donald J Trump is a widely discussed name in current international politics. He has been criticized for a series of controversial decisions. He is ignoring the rules of politics and diplomacy since entering the White House. Though his supporters said he is a revolutionist, other people is worried about his dictatorship which is harmful for America’s democratic base. He has taken an unpredictable and unrealistic foreign policy. He has banned Syrian refugees from entering the US. By an executive order, Donald Trump suspends the admission of all refugees for 120 days and bars citizens of Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the country. But the federal court suspended the executive order. After that he signs a new executive order excluding Iraq and travelers holding pre-existing visas would still be allowed. He stated that he is doing this to keep out “radical Islamic terrorist”. However it would be the instigation for radical group if it will happen. Tension between Muslim and Christian will increase. And if the radical Islamic groups will arouse, friction will increase. As a result, arms trade of America will make a huge profit. Students from Muslim countries will also face problems. A spokesman of Trump said that the embassy of USA will be shifted from Tel Abib to Jerusalem. Already proffering Azan is now closed in Jerusalem approved by the parliament of Israel. In this situation, if Trump shifted US embassy in Jerusalem, tension in middle east could be grown up. And it might hackles up the radical Islamic group. Trump has threatened to tear up free trade agreements and slap huge tariffs on China and Mexico. Doing so would cause global growth to slow to 2.2% in 2017,and 2% in the following two years,according to Oxford Economics. Already president Trump has withdrawn the membership from the Trans-Pacific Partnership(TPP) Agreement. USA helps the third world countries for family planning by giving aid. Trump has put an end to this help. On April 3,The US says it is withdrawing funding for the United Nations Population Fund(UNFPA).

President Trump kept his promise and cuts financial contribution to the UN. By doing this he clearly indicated that he is not bother about the developing countries. On April 4,we have witnessed a chemical attack at Idlib,Syria. At least 60 people were died due to the attack. After that attack President Trump blames President Obama saying that “These heinous actions by the Assad regime are a consequence of the past administration’s weakness and irresolution”. US declares air strikes at the Al Shayrat airfield in Syria after the chemical attack. It was President Trump’s first major step into a foreign conflict since taking in office in January.And here is the question is “Why Mr. Trump suddenly became so responsible towards the people of Syria?” Especially when Russia directly involved in this matter and President Trump wants to develop the reletion between US and Russia.Russian Foreign Ministru stated the airstrike as the “unwarranted violation of international law” and suspended memorandum with US that prevented incidents and ensured flight safety in Syria in response to Trump ordered air strike. That clearly indicated that Kremlin is not happy with that matter. And not only President Vladimir Putin but also President Hassan Rouhani warns of serious consequences on US strike in Syria.But he didn’t stop.Is this a message for North Korea and China? Does he want to say that the US will not permit Pyongyang to threaten American security? Since this incident,there has been a serious tension between America and North Korea. The world will not be surprised if this tension gets hit in the war as North Korea says it is ready for nuclear attack. Donald Trump is already irreconcilable with Mexico. Muslim ban will lighten the relation of USA and Muslim countries. And now the Syria airstrike! Such agitating decision of USA President All of his activities have been criticized around the world. He is acting like he doesn’t care for anybody or he doesn’t need anybody to”Make America Great Again”. If it is that, “America First”policy will turn into America alone.

How Trump may really make America great again!!


Nur Sanjida Khanom

student, International Relations

University of Chittagong.

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