Presidential power moves: Trump lays groundwork for STRONG foreign policy in 2025

by Summer Lane

Analysis by Summer Lane | Photo: Alamy

When it comes to foreign policy, President Trump has often described his approach as maintaining “peace through strength,” a strategy that served him well while he was in the White House.

During his term as the 45th President of the United States, there were no new wars. Trump brokered a historic peace treaty, the Abraham Accords, and effectively wiped ISIS off the map. He also deftly handled dangerous world leaders like Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un, keeping them in check and de-escalating once-viable nuclear threats.

It is clear that the world has become a far more dangerous place with Joe Biden in the White House. China is growing stronger every day. Russia and Ukraine are at war. Israel and Iran are also tearing each other apart as the world watches in horror. Amidst it all, the southern border of the United States is wide open, facilitating mass illegal immigration from unvetted foreigners, many of whom come from countries that hate America.

Now, President Trump has his sights set on reclaiming the White House, and despite a staggering tidal wave of legal persecution that he is facing in 2024, he has already begun making power moves ahead of a prospective win in the general election – and the leaders of the world are responding and taking note.

Trump meets with heads of state

President Trump carries a lot of power with the leaders of the world, and as global heads of state have begun to assess the probability of Trump’s return to the Executive Office, they are taking time to meet with him and establish a positive rapport.

On Wednesday, Trump made headlines for welcoming Polish President Andrzej Duda to his apartment in Trump Tower in New York, during his singular off day from his weekly court schedule.

They discussed a variety of topics, including NATO, the war in the Middle East, and the war between Russia and Ukraine. The meeting was a strong example of Trump’s diplomatic skills, and it is not the first time that it has been put on display this year.

The president also welcomed Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban to his home, Mar-a-Lago, earlier this spring. RSBN reported that Orban skipped out on meeting with Biden White House officials while he was in the United States, instead opting to spend his time with Trump.

The NYT reported that former foreign policy advisor Richard Fontaine remarked to the outlet, “What’s unusual here is that heads of state generally remain studiously neutral in their outreach. In the case of Orban, at least, he has publicly thrown in with Trump.”

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the leader of Saudi Arabia, has also recently had a call with President Trump, in yet another reported example of world leaders moving to pay their respects to a man whom they seem to believe will be back in the White House in 2025.

British Foreign Secretary David Cameron additionally made his way to Mar-a-Lago in early April, sending another signal that Trump is currently the top political power player in the United States, whether Democrats want to admit it or not. Trump even reportedly had a phone call with Bahrain’s King Hama bin Isa Al Khalifa earlier this year.

Preparing to deal with China and stop worldwide violence

Amidst the flurry of meetings with foreign leaders, Trump has also begun to lay the groundwork for his potential return to Washington, laying out a tough agenda that would bring China to heel, economically and militarily, and stop the fighting in Europe and the Middle East.

Last fall, Trump pointed out, “When I was your president, we had PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH. Now we have weakness, conflict, and chaos. The atrocities we are witnessing in Israel would NEVER have happened if I was president.”

Trump has stated that his foreign policy when it comes to China could be summed up easily: “Crooked Joe Biden’s policy is China First – My policy is very simple, AMERICA FIRST!”

He would tax China, bring in the Trump Reciprocal Trade Act, and implement universal baseline tariffs on most foreign products, per RSBN. And, when it comes to the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine, Trump has already made a hefty promise.

“Standing before you today, I am the only candidate who can make this promise: I will prevent World War III, which we’re heading into,” he vowed in 2023. He has reiterated this promise many times on the campaign trail heading into the general election.

He has noted that Ukraine’s survival is not unimportant, and rather than writing off the region or singularly condemning Russia, he has opted instead to bring peaceful negotiation to the table if he returns to the White House. He will do the same in the case of Israel and Iran’s ongoing conflict.

Trump also applied friendly pressure to Congress this week when he weighed in on the foreign aid spending bill in the House, calling out Europe for refusing to help Ukraine when the United States had doled out billions of dollars already.

He wrote, “Why isn’t Europe giving more money to help Ukraine? Why is it that the United States is over $100 Billion Dollars into the Ukraine War more than Europe, and we have an Ocean between us as separation! …As everyone agrees, Ukrainian Survival and Strength should be much more important to Europe than to us, but it is also important to us! GET MOVING EUROPE!”

This seems to be yet another peek into the future – Trump, applying pressure on Washington lawmakers to put the squeeze on foreign countries who refuse to pay their fair share while aiming toward an ultimate solution to the problem with strong negotiation.

Only Trump could pull off this delicate but complicated game of political chess, but he does it well, so it’s really no surprise that a slate of leaders from around the world are wisely choosing to ally themselves with the president ahead of January 2025.

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