It’s incredible to think how easy it will be for Donald Trump to, once President, change President Obama’s foreign policy plans and decisions.
FOREIGN POLICY CHANGES
For one, Trump has been considering the dismantling of Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, and the the tightening of sanctions on Cuba. Then there are the troops that Obama deployed to combat Islamist militant groups – Trump will likely make some modifications to that situation, too.
Thanks to the U.S. Constitution, presidents, even Obama, have possessed the ability to make sweeping foreign policy changes, via the issuing of executive orders, presidential memorandas and findings.
According to statements made while campaigning, Trump said that he would, on just his first day in office, “cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama.” Wow! Can’t say that Trump is afraid of making sweeping changes! (Well, that’s good – by the looks of things in this country, we’re in need of quite a few sweeping changes. According to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, he hoped Trump would “see how much he can undo the unilateral actions the president took all by himself, which would not require us.”)
One item that is likely on Trump’s agenda is Obama’s 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. Many Republicans, and even some Democrats, said that this put too few restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program, in return for too much in the way of sanction relief.
Cuba is another burr under Trump’s saddle. In 2015, Obama, breaking with longstanding U.S. policy, restored diplomatic ties with Cuba while also easing some U.S. sanctions, as well as allowing for government engagement, people-to-people exchanges, and increased U.S. business activity in the communist country. Trump has not been impressed with this increase in diplomatic, business, and personal ties, and so is considering the reduction of transparency about drone strikes, something that Obama was against.
COMMANDER IN CHIEF
Mobilizing the U.S. military on short notice will be easy for Trump, as, come January, he will be its commander-in-chief. This authority will allow Trump to do things like quickly ramp up forces fighting against Islamist militants.
TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGIN’
It looks like, with all these powers at his fingertips, Trump will ensure that 2017 will be an exciting and revolutionary year. Some agree with his policies and ideas, some don’t, but it seems safe to say that we’ve seen the end of “business as usual” in Washington! Thank goodness!