In his last days in office, Donald Trump is trying to implement a few critical foreign policy decisions.
Although this is a common practice, experts are concerned that since he’s already upset about the results of the elections, he is going to do some real damage to America’s foreign image on his way out and leave it for President-elect Joe Biden to deal with.
Former chairman of the joint chief of staff believes that over these two months, it’d be difficult to do something constructive, however doing something that will destroy the international outlook of the country is quite possible.
Trump will be implementing his foreign policy in Iran, Iraq, and Afghanistan until Joe Biden’s inauguration in January.
He has already imposed new sanctions on Iran and has even tried to take military action, increasing the pressure on the country. One of the country’s nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, has also been assassinated. This will make it difficult for Biden to strike a nuclear deal with the country.
Foreign policy experts are extremely concerned, especially after the defense secretary was dismissed from his position to appoint a Trump loyalist instead. This will allow the president to appoint his supporters at top positions in the Pentagon.
Trump has also banned investment in Chinese firms from the US. Despite the fact that Biden plans on doing the same thing, he will do it after coming to a mutual agreement rather than taking action alone.
Trump is also aiming to withdraw 2,500 troops from Afghanistan. Biden states that he does not have a problem with this approach; however, the president should have another plan to counter the hostile militant groups in the countries.
Experts are against this move because they believe this would sabotage the peace deal with the Taliban and bring further instability in the country. Even Trump’s supporters are not in favor of this. Senate Leader Mitch McConnell believes that this would be harmful to our allies and favorable to our enemies.
Biden’s team will not only be greatly affected by Trump’s last-minute policy changes, but also the severely delayed transition that Biden has been forced to wait on. Biden was given the first national security briefing only last week, which was unusually late.
A professor of International Relations from the London School of Economics states that usually during the transition, the previous administration guides the next one on what they believe should be done given the circumstances. However, this communication is not taking place in the case of Trump and Biden.