Throughout Trump’s campaign, political pundits and analysts have been calling upon the candidate to provide specific policy proposals and initiatives that he would implement from the White House. He often claims that nobody can negotiate better than he can and that he has “the best people” for handling deals, however he rarely states exactly how he would address various crises around the globe involving both our enemies and our allies. And, when he does try to provide some sort of detail, he proposes something as wild as the possibility of nuking parts of Europe. Indeed, both his lack of specificity and blatant lack of foreign policy understanding have given reporters and critics something over which they can gripe for months. However, according to former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the problem is more severe than we had ever imagined.
Gates, who is among the most reputable foreign policy experts in modern politics, confirmed yesterday that a Trump presidency would be disastrous for the United States’ foreign interests. Gates explained that Trump does not even slightly understand the difference between a standard business deal and “a negotiation with sovereign powers.” He then spoke about Trump’s arrogance and how problematic it would be for handling negotiations with foreign leaders. Trump “doesn’t appear to listen to people––he believes that he has all the answers, that he is the smartest man in the room,” he said.
Gates also discussed the way our allies view Trump. “[National leaders] have said publicly how worried they are about the possibility of Mr. Trump becoming president. His unpredictability, his lack of understanding of the complexity of international affairs, his threats, his claims that he’s going to make other countries do things, when, in fact, the president of the United States does not have the power to make them do things.”
What do you think about Gates’ warning regarding a Trump presidency? Should we be concerned?