Trump's Evolving Foreign Policy

April 13, 2017

Flip-flopping or an important evolution? Over the past week, President Donald Trump adopted foreign policy stances at odds with many of his campaign promises. On NATO, Trump, who decried the decades-old alliance as obsolete, told reporters Wednesday that “it’s no longer obsolete.”  After repeatedly promising to label China a currency manipulator, Trump this week reversed his thinking in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.  After promising a better relationship with Russia, he has now declared the U.S. relationship with Russia is "at a low point."

But on one issue, Trump is staying the course. The Pentagon announced Thursday that they dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb ever on a battlefield in Afghanistan. Carol Saivetz, senior adviser at MIT, and Farouk El Baz, former chair of the National Academy of Sciences, joined Jim to discuss the developments.


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