- Feb 27, 2010
The president moves to straighten out his own foreign policy—and leaves his hawkish national security adviser on the sidelines.
Trump has gotten rid of the "adults" and is becoming Trump Unleashed, trusting to his deal making skills over military action. Now he realizes how stupid war with Iran would be - but the Iranians have noticed his fear, so will not let him off lightly.
Bolton will probably depart, as Trump has set his face against that brand of overseas bullying. The problem is that the deals Trump will bring home (like a nuclear freeze with North Korea, or a revised deal with Iran) are ones that Trump and Republicans would have hammered Obama or Clinton over.
Leaving NATO or leaving the WTO may come back into Trump's thinking. It was clear that the G20 that Trump does not give a f*ck for any democratic state, and sees the US future in alliance with authoritarian powers like Saudi Arabia, Russia, or North Korea. Relations with China will be problematic.