Oh, happy day!
Many in America among the conservative ranks have been looking with longing at a Donald Trump administration to take away Obamacare, to secure the borders, to provide some tax and government regulation relief,
But the under-reported and overlooked change about to come is the president-elect’s foreign policy views – and the 180 degree turn-around he’s very likely to do from the last near-eight years of President Obama’s leadership.
To put it bluntly: Much of Obama’s foreign policies could be dismantled in the single stroke of a Trump pen.
Trump takes the White House seat on January 20, and in several speedy actions, he could put back the sanctions Obama removed from Cuba, and he could completely tear up the widely criticized nuclear deal the current president forged.
“In his most notable foreign policy achievements, Obama, a Democrat, used executive authorities that offered a convenient legal path around a Republican-controlled Congress committed to blocking his agenda,” Reuters reported.
Even left-leaning think tanks like the Brookings Institution agree that Obama’s use of executive orders to bypass congressional will on foreign policy reforms is now facing crumble. Basically, what Obama called into existence by executive dictate can just as easily be dismantled by the same means.
“[Obama] relied on executive authority to build a foreign policy legacy,” said Thomas Wright, director of the Project on International Order and Strategy at Brookings, Reuters reported. “That is all vulnerable to countervailing executive authority by a Trump administration.”
Trump’s plans on America’s foreign policy future are unclear. In one October speech from the campaign trail, the president-elect said he would “cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama” in his first day in the White House. He’s also specified that the Iran nuclear deal has to go.
And as a former U.S. Treasury official told Reuters: “Anything enacted by executive order can be rescinded by executive order.”