Donald Trump hasn’t been in the White House for 100 days, yet he’s already reversed himself on so many key issues on foreign policy, that even his supporters are starting to freak out. I mean, this guy has no clue about diplomacy and can start war with a tweet.
Trump seems to enjoy confusing our allies with crazy mixed messages, just to be “unpredictable.”
In several interviews this week, the ‘flip-flopper-in-chief’ reversed his positions on topics ranging from NATO to China, Russia, Syria and North Korea.
During the presidential campaign, Trump had dismissed NATO as “obsolete,” saying the post-World War II organization wasn’t focused on combating the growing threat from terrorism and complaining that too many members weren’t paying their fair share toward defense.
Well, he struck an entirely different tone Wednesday:
“I said it was obsolete. It’s no longer obsolete,” Trump said of NATO at a news conference with Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg after they met in the Oval Office.
As a candidate, Trump insisted that one of his first acts as president would be to direct his treasury secretary to label China a currency manipulator. It was part of a “contract” with American voters that he pledged to fulfill. In fact, on Tuesday, in an interview with the Financial Times, Trump reiterated that campaign pledge.
“You know when you talk about, when you talk about currency manipulation, when you talk about devaluations, they are world champions,” he said of China. “And our country hasn’t had a clue, they haven’t had a clue.”
By Wednesday, however, he had changed his mind… again. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Trump declared point blank, “They’re not currency manipulators.”
Trump told the paper he’d changed his mind because China hasn’t been manipulating its currency for months. He said a U.S. declaration of Chinese manipulation could jeopardize efforts to secure the country’s help in containing the threat posed by North Korea.
During the campaign, Trump praised Russian dictator Vladimir Putin. But as the FBI investigation into the possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin intensifies, Trump is keeping his distance from Putin, saying that the U.S. relationship with Russia is at a “low point,” as a proof that there was not collusion with the Russians.
“I don’t know Putin,” Trump said Wednesday at the joint press conference with Stoltenberg.
Trump has made conflicting statements about his ties to the Russian leader in the past. At a press conference last July, he said: “I never met Putin, I don’t know who Putin is. He said one nice thing about me. He said I’m a genius.”
But during the election, he boasted of their ties. He said at a debate, “I got to know him very well because we were both on ’60 Minutes,’ we were stablemates, and we did very well that night.” Trump had also previously said the pair met once, a “long time ago.”
For Trump, dealing with investigations into possible contacts between his campaign associates and the Russian officials, keeping Putin at arm’s length may be the best political play.
Trump, who once slammed the U.S. military as a “disaster” is singing its praises now that he’s in charge.
Just a couple of months ago, the president was bemoaning the military’s state at rallies across the country. “We’re going to rebuild our military. Our military is in shambles,” he said. “We’re going to make it so big, so strong, so powerful that nobody, nobody, nobody is gonna mess with us, folks.”
But in an interview with Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo that aired Wednesday morning, Trump talked up U.S. military strength, sounding almost in awe of its prowess.
“It’s so incredible. It’s brilliant. It’s genius. Our technology, our equipment, is better than anybody by a factor of five,” he said. “I mean look, we have, in terms of technology, nobody can even come close to competing.”
And the list of flip-flops goes on. I don’t know what caused Trump to change his mind on so many issues Wednesday, but don’t be surprised if he reverses himself again by Friday.