Chemical attack in the rebel -held town of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib province that killed more than 80 people has dramatically reversed /changed the Trump’s policies on many foreign issues that tagged him as a leader of change during campaigning.
Within 100 days of his presidency,Donald Trump made a significant shift on NATO by declaring that Nato is no longer obsolete during a joint news conference with Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg .During his high decibel campaign ,Trump had blamed the military alliance of costing the United States too much money .
Trump’s policy on China
Secondly Trump and Obama used to term China as a currency manipulator because it used to dump its exports in the US markets at low price but now US President has abandoned his campaign saying ” Beijing is not a currency manipulator.” and a US declaration of Chinese manipulation could jeopardise the America’s interests in containing the threat posed by North Korea.”Trump said ” I think we had a very good chemistry together,I am impressed with president Xi on dealing with North Korea.”
Trump’s policy on US-Russia Ties
From his days of campaigning ,Donald insisted that during his presidency US-Russia relations will be an all time high and friendly and had said that “I never met Putin ,I don’t know who Putin is but he said that I’m a genius “
But now Trump has reversed his position or one can say has adopted previous US foreign policy on Russia saying ” Right now, we’re not getting along with Russia at all .We may be at an all-time low in terms of relationship with Russia .”
Trump changed his policy on Russia keeping in view the ongoing investigations into the Russian influence in the 2016 Presidential elections and the contacts between his campaign associates and the Russian officials . As Congress was deeply concerned about alleged Trump-Russian officials relations and the impact on US security that now Trump thought to keep Putin at an arm’s length for favorable political environment at home.Trump even said that President Vladimir Putin knew about the chemical attack in Syria.
During 2016 presidential campaign , Trump had accused Ms Janet Yellen of manipulating interest rates to help Former President Obama politically ,as lower rates boosted economic growth and stated that he would replace Yellen when her term ends next year but now he refuse to replace her and said ” I like her,I respect her.”
Trump now favours Obama’s policy of supporting Export-Import Bank arguing that Ex-Im Bank is important for US companies to compete with other countries which guarantee loans to vendor companies.
Trump’s policy on Syria and Assad
Earlier Trump’s administration was not in favour of replacing Bashar al-Assad but after the chemical attack in Idilb Trump now considers replacement of Assad as a pre-requisite to the end of Syria’s “brutal” civil war.