Trump Foreign Policy

Podcast: Repeal, Replace, Repeat Until Done

Featured image The Power Line Show podcast has been on extended hiatus because the four of us suffer from a massive collective action problem, being scattered in time zones and with crazy conflicting schedules. But I’ve been trying to keep my chops up to speed, yesterday sitting in for Rob Long on the weekly Ricochet podcast along with Peter Robinson and James Lileks. The show featured as its special guest Avik Roy, »

British PM repudiates Kerry’s attack on Israel

Featured image British Prime Minister Theresa May has criticized John Kerry’s oration on the state of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Kerry called Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition “the most right-wing in Israeli history, with an agenda driven by its most extreme elements.” And, of course, he condemned Israeli settlement building as a threat to the “two-state solution.” May responded that her government “[does] not believe that it is appropriate to attack the composition of the »

Obama’s parting shot at Israel [UPDATED]

Featured image Donald Trump’s success in blocking a U.N. resolution condemning Israel was short-lived. Yesterday, as we discussed here, Egypt pulled the resolution in response to Trump’s expression of disapproval. Today, however, four Security Council members revived it for consideration. They were New Zealand, Malaysia, Senegal, and Venezuela, a failed socialist state. President Obama opted not to block resolution. The U.S. abstained. Therefore, it passed. Scott has more about this here. Obama’s »

Israel Denounces “Shameful” Obama Administration

Featured image Paul wrote yesterday about how President-elect Trump went to bat for Israel, opposing an anti-settlement United Nations resolution that the Obama administration had decided not to veto. Today Israel’s government shed more light on what happened, and made clear its feelings about the Obama administration: An Israeli official on Friday accused President Barack Obama of colluding with the Palestinians in a “shameful move against Israel at the U.N.” after learning »

Trump goes to bat for Israel, thwarts Obama [With Comment by John]

Featured image Today, the U.N. Security Council was poised to pass a resolution condemning the construction of Israeli settlements. Proposed by Egypt, the resolution called settlements “a flagrant violation under international law” and “a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-State solution.” It called on Israel to “immediately and completely cease all settlement activities” in the occupied West Bank. The U.S. has a veto in the Security Council. It could have »

MSM mainstay thinks Trump may have a clue

Featured image David Ignatius strikes me as a fount of the conventional wisdom. If so, the conventional wisdom about Donald Trump may be changing. On December 6, Ignatius proclaimed that Trump had “flunked his first foreign policy test” by following up his phone conversation with Taiwan’s president with an anti-China “twitter storm.” This certainly was the conventional wisdom. But earlier this week, Ignatius found value in Trump’s “early foray with China.” He »

Trump’s choice for ambassador to Israel has the right enemies

Featured image Left-wing Jewish-American groups led by J Street are attempting to block David Friedman’s nomination to be ambassador to Israel. J Street reportedly gave 124 Congressional candidates a total of $3.6 million in the recent election cycle through its political action committee. Nineteen of them were elected to the Senate. J Street will now call on them and others to help block Friedman. I agree with Tevi Troy that the effort »

The Question of Trump’s Consistency

Featured image Tim Alberta’s National Review article, “Conservatism in the Trump Era,” is a terrific piece of reporting, well worth taking in. Among other questions, it looks at the notion of whether the new “economic nationalism” that Trump, or at least his amanuensis Steve Bannon, is working out in real time will confound or corrupt conservatism­—or make for an enduring Republican majority that scrambles the voter alignments of the last two generations. »

A unified GOP foreign policy establishment, but for how long?

Featured image Our old friend Hugh Hewitt, who helped Power Line immeasurably during our early days, argues that Donald Trump is unifying the fractured GOP foreign policy establishment. His op-ed appears in the Washington Post. Hugh is right, I think. Trump appears to have support from key figures in the camps that have made up the GOP foreign policy establishment. His foreign policy team has met with broad approval within Republican ranks. »

Tillerson, Putin, and Trump

Featured image As I suggested this morning, the proper approach to the nomination of Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State is open-mindedness. There seem to be legitimate concerns about his relationship with Vladimir Putin, but let’s wait and see what he and others say to allay the concerns before reaching a conclusion. In the meantime, I offer two observations. First, much will be made of Tillerson winning the Kremlin’s Order of Friendship »

New York Times blames Taiwan call on Bob Dole

Featured image The New York Times breathlessly reports: Former Senator Bob Dole, acting as a foreign agent for the government of Taiwan, worked behind the scenes over the past six months to establish high-level contact between Taiwanese officials and President-elect Donald J. Trump’s staff, an outreach effort that culminated last week in an unorthodox telephone call between Mr. Trump and Taiwan’s president. Mr. Dole, a lobbyist with the Washington law firm Alston »

Donald Trump’s first foreign policy call

Featured image To the consternation of many, Donald Trump has spoken by telephone with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. Reportedly, this is the first direct communication between the leader of the United States and the leader of Taiwan since 1979. Team Trump says not much should be made of this. Taiwan’s president called to congratulate the president-elect and Trump accepted the call. That’s all. However, this Washington Post article contends that the call »

Trump on Castro

Featured image While the left glowingly eulogized Fidel Castro and President Obama served up mush in response to the bloody tyrant’s death, Donald Trump had this to say: Today, the world marks the passing of a brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades. Fidel Castro’s legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights. While Cuba remains a totalitarian island, »