POTUS does an about-face on Nato, Syria, China and Russia

by Itunuoluwa Adebo

Within a few hours, President Trump has abandoned stances that were the bedrock of his establishment-bashing campaign. NATO, he said, is “no longer obsolete” He has also backed down a threat to brand China a currency manipulator.

In another shocking turnaround, Trump praised Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, whom he had previously pledged to replace once her term expires, and also accused of holding interest rates low as a political boost for former President Barack Obama.
 It may be safe to say that the world looks a totally different from the Oval Office than from a campaign rally.
That’s not all. Days after his administration had seemed to accept an approach that would allow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to remain in control of his shattered nation, Trump described him as a “butcher” over chemicals weapon attacks on Syria fueling speculation he now advocates regime change.
That position, sure to antagonize Russia, has almost quelled the possibility of improving relations with the Kremlin, a position he once advanced as a candidate.
“Right now we are not getting along with Russia at all. We may be at an all-time low in terms of relationship with Russia,” Trump said at a White House news conference, in stark tones at odds with his former vows to ease the new chill in ties with the US nuclear foe.
On the flip side Trump was full of praise for Xi Jinping whom he met last week saying that he believed the Chinese President was sincere in helping defuse the US showdown with nuclear North Korea.
The same Trump who had made castigating China a rhetoric  of his presidential campaign, saying the communist giant was guilty of “rape” against the US economy and promising it would be branded a currency manipulator on his first day in the Oval Office.
It is almost as if President Donald’s Trump’s campaign never happened as the world continues to watch what else could go wrong in less than a 100days.

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