SAUDI ARABIA, ISRAEL, THE VATICAN…

AMERICA FIRST GOES GLOBAL
FOR THE FIRST TIME…

WILL HISTORY BE MADE?

FOREIGN POLICY ANALYST: Dr. Anne R. Pierce, is a contributor to The Washington Times, Ricochet.com, Real Clear Politics and The Washington Examiner. She is author of A Perilous Path: The Misguided Foreign Policy of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry.

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“At his inauguration in January, President Trump looked down the National Mall and described a nation beset by “carnage,” its jobs going overseas and its military overextended to the advantage of other countries. He declared “America first,” a new inward-looking doctrine that invoked the phrase of the nationalists who opposed entering World War II.

Yet as Trump prepares to depart Friday for his first trip abroad, he no longer behaves like a president eager to disengage from the world, and from the postwar alliances of the last seven decades that he so denigrated as a candidate. Nor is the foreign stage looking as receptive to his anti-globalism as he had once expected, and hoped, when nationalists seemed ascendant only months ago.

The dual developments make Trump’s debut abroad a big test of just what he means by “America first.” While American allies look anxiously for clarification, Trump aides see no disconnect.

“President Trump understands that America first does not mean America alone,” said his national security advisor, H.R. McMaster. “To the contrary, prioritizing American interests means strengthening alliances and partnerships that help us extend our influence and improve the security of the American people.”

After Trump’s initial days in Saudi Arabia and Israel, he will arrive in Europe at a time when voters in several countries — Austria, the Netherlands and, most recently, France — have turned back a right-wing populist wave that seemed to be overtaking the globe’s liberal democracies last year, as suggested by Britain’s vote to leave the European Union and by Trump’s unexpected election. The backdrop for Trump’s trip would be altogether different had French voters not so overwhelmingly rejected the anti-immigrant, nationalist campaign of Marine Le Pen this month — a rebuke to a movement with which Trump was openly sympathetic.”

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BIO: Anne R. Pierce is an author, commentator and scholar in the areas of American Presidents, American Foreign Policy and American Society. Her foreign policy work emphasizes both national security and global stability, and human rights and political freedom. With a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, she is an appointed member of Princeton University’s James Madison Society and a Political Science Field Editor for Transaction Publishers. Pierce has written three books, and contributed to three others. Her articles have been published in in USA Today, The Washington Times, Society, Washington Examiner, USEmbassy.gov, Ricochet.com, World and I and elsewhere.

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