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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Can Trump Carry Out His Foreign Policy Promises?

Can Trump Carry Out His Foreign Policy Promises?

Authors: Claire Felter, Assistant Copy Editor/Writer, Zachary Laub, Senior Copy Editor/Writer, and James McBride, Senior Online Writer/Editor, Economics
President Donald Trump delivers remarks at Homeland Security headquarters in Washington, DC, on January 25, 2017. (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)
President Donald J. Trump has  promised sweeping changes to U.S. foreign policy. Trump vowed to reverse many of President Barack Obama’s signature achievements, including the Asia-Pacific Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, the landmark climate change accord signed by 197 nations in Paris, and an agreement with Iran to restrict its nuclear program. He promised to continue and intensify border enforcement policies undertaken under Presidents George W. Bush and Obama and finish building a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico. His energy policy would represent a break with Obama’s push for a less carbon-intensive economy, while his willingness to place a U.S. embassy in Jerusalem could send shockwaves through an already volatile region.
In many of these areas, the president holds significant executive authority and can unilaterally enact change. In some instances, however, Trump will be constrained by treaty obligations, the prerogatives of the U.S. Congress, the requirements of the federal rulemaking process, or rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court: 

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