While Americans are quick to think and worry about how a presidential election will affect their own state of affairs, we often do not take enough time to think about how the rest of the world will respond and react to our pick for president. As the leaders of the Free World, the international community looks to the United States' leadership for the future of diplomacy. However, the immense momentum of Donald Trump’s campaign within the Republican primary race has given rise to international concerns pertaining to the United States’ future foreign policy. The front-runner recently said that he could not rule out using nuclear weapons in Europe and that South Korea and Japan should arm themselves with nuclear weapons for increased security. If these policies sound outlandish, it’s because they are; and, President Obama certainly agrees.
Speaking at the Nuclear Security Summit late last week, Obama was asked about Trump’s comments on international nuclear policy. “The person who made the statements doesn’t know much about foreign policy or nuclear policy or the Korean peninsula or the world generally,” said Obama.“[Our relations with South Korea and Japan have] been an enormous boon to American commerce and American influence, and it has prevented the possibilities of a nuclear escalation,” he said, refuting Trump’s calls for Japan and South Korea to arm themselves with nukes.
Obama went on to speak about how the international community is fearful of the “carnival atmosphere” that has replaced the “sobriety and clarity” typically associated with the United States’ foreign policy, effectively accusing the GOP candidates of making a mockery of this country in the eyes of our allies and enemies alike.
What do you think about Obama’s comments on Trump’s foreign policy? Could this hurt Trump?