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Robert Reich What’s the true “Trump Doctrine” of foreign policy

Robert Reich What’s the true “Trump Doctrine” of foreign policy


Robert Reich What�s the true �Trump Doctrine�
of foreign policy What�s the �Trump Doctrine� of foreign
policy? At first glance, foreign policy under President Donald Trump seems inconsistent,
arbitrary and devoid of principle. A few weeks ago, even before the airstrike
on Syria, Trump communications director Mike Dubke told Trump�s assembled aides that
international affairs presented a messaging challenge because the Trump administration
lacks a coherent foreign policy. �There is no Trump doctrine,� Dubke declared. I think Dubke is being grossly unfair. Of
course there�s a Trump Doctrine. You just have to know where to look for it. The Trump Doctrine began to emerge when Trump
issued his travel bans (both the first and second) on predominantly Muslim countries. But he notably excluded predominately Muslim
countries where Trump has business interests. So under what might be called the First Principle
of the Trump Doctrine, people living in a predominantly Muslim country have a chance
of entering the United States only if their country contains an edifice with Trump�s
name on it. The Second Principle follows logically from
the first. Countries that are potential markets for Trump�s business � nominally run by
his two sons, but still filling his pockets � may be eligible for special favors if
they allow Trump to make money there. For example, Trump�s business currently
has 157 trademark applications pending in 36 nations, according to The New York Times. Registered trademarks are giant financial
assets for a business like Trump�s, which in recent years has made big money by selling
his name rather than by building or making anything. Soon after he was sworn into office � but
only after Trump backed off of his brief flirtation with a �two China� policy � the Chinese
government granted Trump preliminary approval of 38 trademarks of his name. �It was a gift,� said Peter J. Riebling,
a trademark lawyer in Washington, of China�s decision. �Getting the exclusive right to
use that brand in China against everyone else in the world? It�s like waving a magic wand.� One potential obstacle for the Second Principle
is the Constitution�s �emoluments� clause, which bars U.S. government officials from
receiving gifts from foreign powers. No matter. Apparently the Trump Doctrine,
well, trumps the Constitution. A group called Citizens for Responsibility
and Ethics in Washington (CREW) joined by several prominent law professors, is suing
Trump over this. But the United States � through the U.S.
Department of Justice � argues in a legal brief, expected to be filed this month, that
the framers of the Constitution meant only to rule out gifts that compensate presidents
or other office holders for services they might do for a foreign power, not for public
policies they advance that benefit a foreign power. Interpretations of the U.S. Constitution by
the Department of Justice aren�t like the musings of any random defense attorney. They
carry special weight. They represent the views and interests of the United States. Which makes this one official U.S. government
policy � and thereby, confirms it as the Second Principle of the Trump Doctrine. The Third Principle comes down hard on countries
that kill their own children with poison gas. They will be bombed. You may recall Trump had long been opposed
to bombing Syria. But, as he recently explained, Syrian dictator Basha al-Assad�s �attack
on children . . . had a big impact on me,� adding that �my attitude toward Syria and
Assad has changed very much.� The bombing ensued. This doesn�t mean endangered children will
be given refuge in the United States, though. Recall the First Principle: Nobody gains entrance
to the United States from a predominantly Muslim nations unless their country contains
a Trump hotel, spa, or golf course. Which brings us to the Fourth Principle. Not long after the Syrian bombing, Trump authorized
the Pentagon to drop a 22,000-pound GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB) on
people described as �Islamic State forces� in eastern Afghanistan near the Pakistani
border. It was the first time the bomb � nicknamed
the �mother of all bombs,� and one of the largest air-dropped munitions in the U.S.
military�s inventory � had ever been used in a combat. Trump�s rationale? The group was allegedly
connected to ISIS. So under the Fourth Principle of the Trump
Doctrine, the United States reserves the right to drop a mother of a bomb on any group seemingly
connected with ISIS. This applies even if the group is not fighting
to gain or hold territory claimed by the Islamic State. The group could be thousands of miles
away from the Islamic State, anywhere around the world. Could a mother of a bomb be dropped on such
a group if it�s located in a country containing a Trump hotel, or considering a Trump trademark
application? Frankly, I don�t know. That pesky detail
hasn�t been worked out yet. But this one uncertainty doesn�t undermine
the overall consistency or clarity of the Trump Doctrine of foreign policy. It�s four
major principles are firmly rooted either in making money for Trump, or stopping bad
people from doing bad things. If Mike Dubke had a clearer grasp of Donald
Trump�s worldview, he�d surely see this � as would everyone else.

2 comments on “Robert Reich What’s the true “Trump Doctrine” of foreign policy

  1. your channel is called "Trump Breaking News Network" and I subscribed because you were on Trump's side ? whose side ARE you on ? anymore of this kind of video and I'm out of here –

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