Trump did not make it America first, he made it America only.
Courtesy of CNN:
The United States is in uncharted territory, on an exponential path to becoming a Covid-19 pariah and an unreliable ally to its friends.
America’s fall in global esteem is turning into an international horror show as the world watches the superpower struggle to match the efforts of many poorer nations to get the coronavirus pandemic under control.
Three-and-a-half years of President Donald Trump in office has changed America’s international reputation and perhaps its future role in a way that seemed unimaginable when he took the oath of office on the steps of the US Capitol on January 20, 2017.
He set the tone in the drizzle that day: “We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs.”
Trump’s early decisions were deliberate, turbulent and at times seemed giddy.
Since taking office Donald Trump has broken treaties, attacked our allies, snuggled up to our foes, and essentially destroyed our reputation all around the world.
Other nations no longer look to America for guidance or inspiration, if anything they look upon us with pity and disdain.
This has resulted in a massive reality check for the leaders of other nations:
In capitals across the world, Trump’s impact has become the endless hangover. The global village is in a semi-permanent spin, the geopolitical furniture rarely where it was the night before.
The heap of pressing international issues — climate change, the coronavirus and the economic meltdown it threatens, the inexorable rise of China — teeters to the point of collapse.
How much America is “on the outs” can no longer be hidden. When it comes to international cooperation, Europe is now as likely to side with China as it is with the White House. Not least because of Trump’s utter unpredictability, whether on Syria, North Korea, trade or NATO.
Many leaders fear that another four years of Donald Trump would essentially end NATO, and also permanently damage alliances that America has depended upon for many decades.
The truth of the matter is that America cannot “go it alone” and that we desperately need our allies and our trade agreements.
Donald Trump has put all of that at risk and made us much weaker in the process.