President Donald Trump’s method of handling foreign policy issues can be abrasive, disruptive and even volatile; but it’s also necessary according to one Nebraska Congressman
Congressman Jeff Fortenberry says setting fire to traditional expectations is just part of how the president operates.
“President Trump’s style is to be forceful and direct and to lay down a marker which is not only provocative, but is paradigm shattering.” says Fortenberry. “He has torn up the playbook for the Republicans, for Washington D.C establishment, and for the media; and he is doing that in international relation.”
Fortenberry acknowledges the president’s style can be provocative and even volatile, but says he sees constructive movement amid the flurry. Specifically, Fortenberry points to the President’s push to get allied NATO members to contribute more toward funding and shifting burden off the United States.
“It has been a change in the nature of the relationships.” says Fortenberry. “It has been volatile.”
However Fortenberry calls the push by the President “long-overdue” and a good step in making clear American demands for allies to contribute more toward defense. Spending.
It’s Fortenberry’s view that a heavy burden was placed on America in the years after World War II, especially by its allies. He believes Trump’s actions, brash though they may sometimes seem, are moving the world toward a more authentic way of conducting foreign policy.