Donald J. Trump was the 45th President of the United States. He was noted for making controversial remarks and adopting a different approach to foreign affairs than most presidents.
Trump’s unpredictable behavior and “America First” ideology made it difficult for him to work with other international leaders throughout his four years in office.
Trump’s relationships with longtime U.S. allies like Canada and European countries were especially tense. He frequently claimed that NATO countries did not contribute enough to the organization’s budget, and he even threatened to withdraw the U.S. from the alliance. He also stirred outrage by imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico, and the European Union.
Trump’s relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin was also highly scrutinized during his presidency. Notwithstanding the country’s suspected intervention in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Trump repeatedly praised Putin and urged for improved relations with Russia.
Trump’s connection with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un was likewise uncommon. In 2018, the two presidents met at a high-profile conference.
Trump’s approach to Middle Eastern issues was also closely scrutinised. Obama controversially recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and relocated the U.S. embassy there, a decision severely criticised by other international leaders. He also imposed a travel ban on certain Muslim-majority countries. Protests and legal challenges ensued.
Unpredictability and controversy have been a defining feature of Trump’s interactions with world leaders.His “America First” foreign policy approach frequently put him in conflict with other countries and frayed relationships.
But he was also able to form unlikely partnerships with North Korea and others. As Trump’s presidency comes to an end, it remains to be seen how his legacy will impact U.S. foreign policy in the years ahead.