Being president of the United States is a job that involves more than just America. It's one that has a strong stance on international relations. We are far from being a nation of self-sufficiency.
During President George Washington's Farewell Address, he famously said, "The nation which indulges toward another a habitual hatred or a habitual fondness is in some degree a slave." He was a proponent of isolationism, and his goals for the nation were to only make temporary alliances with other countries in an emergency. He trusted the United States' ability to be independent.
Fast forward, and Washington's goals have been largely cast aside. International relations and foreign policy are some of the most controversial issues facing our country today. However, our new president, Donald Trump, will perhaps revisit that theory of Washington's, but put it into a whole new perspective.
However, our new president, Donald Trump, will perhaps revisit that theory of Washington's, but put it into a whole new perspective.
Trump's outward addresses on deporting illegal immigrants and building a wall between the United States and Mexico (that Mexico will ultimately pay for) have garnered their share of harsh criticism.
According to his remarks in the first presidential debate, he said that the United States cannot afford to police the world:
The 28 countries of NATO, many of them aren't paying their fair share. We're defending them, and they should at least be paying us what they're supposed to be paying by treaty and contract. NATO could be obsolete, because they do not focus on terror. We pay approximately 73 percent of the cost of NATO. It's a lot of money to protect other people. I'm all for NATO. They have to focus on terror also.
With an isolationist policy in place, the United States would not have to police the world, but as a country, we would not be subject to the protection that an international alliance can offer. Trump believes that the United States must assume responsibility for the failures of other countries. Trump's policy is America-centric, and will attempt to redefine how we view independence. But can we thrive without the support of other nations?