President Trump says the entire world has seen the signs that ‘America is coming back strong’ since he took office 11 months ago. (Dec. 18)
President Trump vowed he would put “America First” in world affairs, even if it disrupted the way the world operated. And boy, did he. Here are 10 ways he snubbed world conventions and provoked international outcries:
• Took call from Taiwan’s leader
As president-elect, Trump broke with diplomatic tradition and angered China when he took a congratulatory phone call from Taiwan’s democratically elected president, Tsai Ing-wen. China considers Taiwan a breakaway province, and the U.S. does not have formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan. Trump later soothed mainland China’s fury by reaffirming that the Communist regime in Beijing is the only legitimate government of the country.
• Pulled out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership
On Jan. 23, his first official workday in office, Trump pulled the United States out of a major trade pact negotiated by President Barack Obama with 11 countries that border the Pacific Ocean, calling his move “a great thing for the American worker.” The other nations vowed to push ahead on the agreement without the U.S.
• Vowed to scrap NAFTA
The same day, the White House said Trump would renegotiate the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada to stop U.S. companies from moving plants to its neighbors — particularly Mexico — and eliminating American jobs. If a new accord could not be reached that is fairer to American workers and reduces the U.S. trade deficit, Trump said, he would withdraw from the deal. Both U.S. neighbors have resisted major changes, and the talks continue.
• Imposed travel ban
Trump, in his…