Since the day he took office, President Trump’s “America First” policies have been at odds with the traditional U.S. global leadership role that’s been in place since the end of World War II.
Trump has questioned the value of NATO and military alliances in Asia. He’s pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord and the nuclear agreement with Iran. Many analysts say the most striking example has been the president’s approach to the coronavirus, where the U.S. has struggled with the pandemic at home and offered little or no leadership abroad.
“I would like to think that the world’s leading democracy gave an example of how well it dealt with the coronavirus pandemic, better than China,” said Timothy Garton Ash, an Oxford University historian.