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The frightening aspects of Donald Trump’s foreign policy

Trump is ruining our global diplomatic policy strategy and future.

Let me tell you a horror story — imagine if the U.S. elected someone who, within his first month elected, may have destroyed American diplomatic ties with China, allegedly endorsed a strongman dictator who’s slaughtering his country’s people and whose newest candidate for Secretary of State has close ties to Vladimir Putin. Scary, right? Oh wait, that’s happening.

Let’s start with the President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, who said Trump recently called him to praise his war on drugs — a campaign in which the government has gone out of its way to kill more than 2,000 people since July. While it could be a fabrication, played by Duterte to legitimize his campaign — if true, the President of the United States has no means endorsing these actions, which have already been largely condemned by most human rights organizations. Trump claimed that Fidel Castro was abhorrently oppressive — there’s no way this is any less oppressive.

Second, blindsiding China by having a conversation with Taiwan’s president on Saturday may not have been Trump’s best move. The willingness of the Chinese government to even come to the U.S’s table for many important geostrategic interests relies on our nuanced approach to the region. Given the historical tension between China and Taiwan, the policy to “stick it to China” is flashy, but it could have very harsh repercussions in the future.

Trump’s conversation with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Al-Sharif, which was summarized by Pakistan’s Press Information Bureau, speaks for itself — it’s one that’s filled with more platitudes than real policy proposals. And while we only have the statement released by the Pakistani agency, time will tell how Trump’s policies in South Asia play out.

My question: Is this going to be the norm from now on? We cannot afford four years of idiocy when it comes to U.S. foreign policy. Global peace and stability is at stake — Mr. Trump must learn now or the entire country will pay the price.

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