Trump’s Foreign Policy Successes Confound His Detractors

◎ The Trump administration has greatly intensified America’s pushback against China’s expansionism in the South China Sea.

Critics say President Trump’s foreign policy has seriously undermined America’s world leadership. Recent events tell a different story.

The charges start with the president’s attacks on members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) for failing to meet their agreed contributions to the common defense.

Yet, after the controversy erupted, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg praised the U.S. president: “Let me thank you for the leadership you show on the issue of defense spending. … It is really having an impact because … allies are now spending more on defense.”

First published in The Hill.

Joseph Bosco served as China country director for the Secretary of Defense from 2005 to 2006 and as Asia-Pacific director of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief from 2009 to 2010. He is a nonresident fellow at the Institute for Corean-American Studies and the Institute for Taiwan-American Studies, and has held nonresident appointments in the Asia-Pacific program at the Atlantic Council and the Southeast Asia program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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