U.S. Department of State

Trump’s stumbling first steps on the world stage

Trump’s stumbling first steps on the world stage

During the presidential campaign, it became clear that Donald Trump was ignorant about international affairs yet disinclined to close the gaps in his knowledge. He liked to assert that “I know more about ISIS than the generals do,” and he seemed to think that he knew more about diplomacy than the State Department — such as when he assured a television interviewer that Russia’s Vladimir Putin is “not going into Ukraine.” His lack of any foreign policy experience whatsoever combined with his aggressive-yet-ignorant pronouncements was a source of grave concern.

We take no pleasure in saying that his first stumbling steps on the world...

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