President Donald Trump’s foreign policy approach is unconventional. Political scientists, pundits and the public analyze the president’s activity with the United States’ friends and foes alike, trying to decipher the Trump Doctrine.
President James Monroe famously established the Monroe Doctrine in regards to U.S. foreign policy in 1823. His philosophy of opposing any further European colonialism in the Americas was a departure from his predecessors that reshaped alliances in the Western Hemisphere.
In a nutshell it stated any European attacks against independent nations in the Americas was an attack against the United States. It established the Americas as a united front against further European invasion.
Now, in the age of Trump, a new foreign policy doctrine is emerging. Based on conflicts provoked by the United States with our closest — both geographical and political — allies, the Monroe Doctrine of Western Hemisphere alliances is over.
PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, “US Tariffs were kind of insulting” and he “will not be pushed around.” Very dishonest & weak. Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2018
But what exactly is the Trump Doctrine?
Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic spoke to senior White House officials to get an inside look at Trump’s foreign policy. And one of those officials nailed the Trump Doctrine for diplomacy, alliances and negotiations in just 3 words:
We’re America, Bitch.
According to Goldberg, the conversation went like this:
“There’s definitely a Trump Doctrine,” the official stated.
“What is it?” Goldberg asked.
The Trump Doctrine is ‘We’re America, Bitch.’ That’s the Trump Doctrine.”
Other White House officials reiterated the philosophy summation as entirely accurate.
“No Friends, No Enemies,” another official explained. He described the foreign policy philosophy as Trump doesn’t believe that the U.S. should be part of any alliances, at all, for any reason.
We have to explain to him that countries that have worked with us together in the past expect a level of loyalty from us, but he doesn’t believe that this should factor into the equation.”
A national security official described the Trump Doctrine as “Permanent destabilization creates American advantage.” So those provocations of our allies? They are not anyone’s imagination.
List of allies Trump has purposefully alienated: Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Australia, Mexico, most of Southern Hemisphere, all of Africa…
List of adversaries Trump has purposefully praised or courted: Russia and North Korea.
List of foreign policy successes:
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) June 10, 2018