Report: Foreign leaders and former US diplomats see America's global influence waning
Foreign leaders, foreign policy experts, and former U.S. diplomats have indicated they see a decline in America’s global standing.
According to the Los Angeles Times, many have suggested that President Trump “has reduced U.S. influence or altered it in ways that are less constructive. On a range of policy issues, Trump has taken positions that disqualified the United States from the debate or rendered it irrelevant.”
Particularly impactful decisions include the withdrawal of the U.S. from the Paris Climate agreement, a failure to fully address non-ISIS related conflicts in Syria and Iraq, and the recent declaration that the U.S. will acknowledge Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
The void being left where U.S. influence once was, according to some critics, leaves ample space for a number of nations, and especially China, to rise to positions of greater world standing.
As recently noted by the New York Times, as Trump champions the return of coal and manufacturing, both of which have replaced numerous jobs with automation, China’s President Xi Jinping “is making strategic investments that could allow China to dominate the 21st-century global economy, including in information technology and artificial intelligence.”
“Mr. Xi is all-in on robotics, aerospace, high-speed rail, new-energy vehicles and advanced medical products,” the publication adds.
A further issue said to be exacerbating the fading international relevance of the U.S. is the deluge of diplomatic resignations from the already understaffed U.S. State Department.
Nicholas Burns, a former senior U.S. diplomat, told the Los Angeles Times that implementing Trump’s global strategy requires “a strong State Department…Instead, State and the Foreign Service are being weakened and often sidelined.”
Trump seems to have a different perspective on the current position of the U.S. in the world, claiming in his speech, after returning from Asia, “America is back.”
“Everywhere we went, our foreign hosts greeted the American delegation, myself included, with incredible warmth, hospitality, and most importantly respect,” Trump said in November. “And this great respect showed…further evidence that America’s renewed confidence and standing in the world has never been stronger than it is right now.”