Trump’s foreign policy emphasizes military strength over diplomacy

World Today

U.S. President Donald Trump used his first 100 days in office to change the direction of American foreign policy.

Trump’s team is making an argument for more military action, as opposed to the Obama-era emphasis on diplomacy.

CGTN’s Jessica Stone explains the policy pivot.

Trump's foreign policy emphasizes military strength over diplomacy

U.S. President Donald Trump used his first 100 days in office to change the direction of American foreign policy. Trump’s team is making an argument for more military action, as opposed to the Obama-era emphasis on diplomacy. CGTN’s Jessica Stone explains the policy pivot.

In his first 100 days, the foreign policy of U.S. President Donald Trump is characterized far more by a doctrine of peace through strength.

Donald Trump was the first American president to use the largest non-nuclear bomb in the country’s arsenal to take out ISIL targets. It’s a difference being welcomed by American political conservatives, who criticized former President Barack Obama for using too much restraint. 

President Trump has ordered a 10 percent increase in defense spending and a nearly 30 percent cut in the U.S. State Department’s budget.

He proposes slashing spending on the environment, healthcare, and transportation to offset the defense increases.&nbsp

Despite warnings from generals and political allies that foreign aid can save on bullets, Trump continues to show a willingness for more military solutions – even as he pursues diplomacy on the Korean peninsula and over the Syrian crisis.