By: Shawn Doyle
China and Russia present challenges and opportunities to the United States, and Trump will have to devise an effective foreign policy towards them. Building off of my recent appearance on the Still Human Podcast, I wanted to try and explore the possibility that Trump has a genuine and well-intentioned policy towards these countries.
Conspiracy shades everything Trump has said and done – especially in regards to Russia. Allegations like the Golden Shower seem ridiculous. Other claims are well verified – such as the Intelligence Community’s consensus opinion that Russia deliberately helped Trump win the election. But, for the purpose of this argument, let’s give Trump the benefit of the doubt. At least for a moment.
Russia emerged over the past several years as a major challenger to the United States and the West. One is necessarily reminded of Mitt Romney’s then-mocked comment during his 2012 presidential run that Russia was a foe. Under Putin’s leadership we have seen the Crimean Invasion, an incursion into Ukraine, cyberattacks on Estonia, an intervention into Syria, and the hacking of the 2016 election – as a few examples. There was the asylum for Snowden, the violation of the INF treaty, and the time when nuclear armed bombers encircled Guam just before the 2013 State of the Union.
It has been a rocky relationship.
There are, essentially, two major ways for Washington to answer...