In light of John Bolton's new book about his time as the President's National Security Advisor, it is probably a good time for a refresher on this administration's "proudest" moments.

Before 45 even took office, his top advisers had multiple potentially scandalous contacts with Russian officials. Most troubling are the numerous contacts that future administration officials had with top Russian spy and diplomat Sergey Kislyak.

One of the President's first acts was to pull the US out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. A move popular among his base, the move's main accomplishment was relinquishing US influence in the Pacific to China.

Soon after, 45 signed the first version of what has been dubbed the "Muslim ban". Purported to protect the nation from terrorism, it was a clearly racist effort to prevent non-whites from immigrating to the US.

In June 2017, the administration was working at cross purposes re. Qatar.

While 45 was praising attempts by Saudi Arabia to blockade Qatar, Secretary of State Tillerson and Secretary of Defense Mattis were working to improve relations with Qatar.

Soon afterward, 45 withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal, despite being warned against such an action by his foreign policy team. The move eroded incentives for Iran to not restart its' nuclear weapons program.

The President's first foray into diplomacy with North Korea was a childish twitter war with Kim Jong-Un. This led some to wonder if 45's taunts would lead to a military response by the notoriously unpredictable North Korean dictator.

At this same time, the President sent 5,000 troops to the border with Mexico, in order to combat invented "immigrant caravans" and nonexistent aggression by Mexican military personnel.

In July 2018, at a NATO Summit, the President threatened an American withdrawal, accusing members of not spending enough on defense. This was just one of a number of instances when 45 undermined relations with NATO countries.

During the Helsinki conference, 45 not only kept the details of his private meeting with Putin secret, but he also then sided with the Russian President over his own intelligence agencies re. Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Soon after the failure in Vietnam, North Korea tested a new short-range ballistic missile. The President claimed that the test wasn't a "breach of trust", despite Kim's assurances to him that missile tests would end.

Also in October, 45 sent 2,800 US troops to Saudi Arabia, along with fighter jets and missile defense systems. This blatant attempt to curry favor with Saudi Arabia is especially despicable when considering the brutal Saudi murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

In January 2020, the President ordered the assassination-by-drone of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani. While he was undoubtedly a dangerous foe, the method of attack turned the general into a martyr to be avenged instead of a cautionary tale.

Earlier this year, Benjamin Netanyahu and 45 announced a brand new Middle East Peace plan.

Primarily a lifeline to a Prime Minister facing criminal indictment, it also signals the end of American support for a peace plan based on the 1967 borders.

On February 29, 2020, the US and Taliban agreed to a peace deal. Excluding the Afghan government and its people, the deal is considered a huge victory for the brutal Taliban, who are expected to return to power upon the exit of US troops.

45 has spend 3 1/2 years:

- Isolating the US

- Flattering authoritarians

- Condemning US allies

- Conducting foreign policy in a inconsistent way, unanchored to American values

- Being outmaneuvered and outnegotiated by adversaries

Can the US survive four more years?

46 tweets cannot adequately sum up the damage. Feel free to let me know about important foreign policy issues that I've missed and I'll add them to this thread.

Oh, how could I forget this one?

In a meeting with Senators, the President referred to Haiti, El Salvador and African naitons as "shithole countries". This caused damage to US diplomatic relations to these nations, for obvious reasons.

Since May 2018, 45 has been backing Juan Guaido over strong-man Nicolas Maduro. Threats and sanctions fell short. An odd plan to sabotage negotiations failed. And the US-backed uprising led by Guaido in April 2019 embarrassingly failed to materialize
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