News coverage of President Trump is so reflexively negative that many observers think he has no ideological core. In fact, he not only has a a firm foundation of convictions concerning America’s place in the world, but those convictions are consistently reflected in the policies he espouses as president. For instance, Trump believes that every country is out for itself; that peace can only be sustained through strength; that strength arises first and foremost from a robust economy; that every overseas commitment is an investment of resources; and that allies aren’t worth having if they’re a burden. I have written a commentary on the president’s strategic worldview here.
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