U.S. Presidents Shouldn't Embrace Hostile Dictators


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May 2nd


U.S. Presidents Shouldn't Embrace Hostile Dictators


Talking with foreign leaders goes with the job of president of the United States. Such interactions with actual or potential adversaries, however, entail real risks if they conjur notions of personal relationships that are allowed to mutate or supersede reality-based national security policies.

The ballyhooed "bromance" between President Trump and China's Xi Jinping is worrying in that regard. Mr. Trump's upcoming meetings with Russian despot Vladimir Putin and Turkey's would-be Caliph, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, may be similarly fraught. And the President is now openly entertaining the possibility of a face-to-face meeting with North Korean tyrant Kim Jong-Un.

Barack Obama was properly criticized for "extending the hand of friendship" to assorted U.S. enemies without precondition. The world is a much more dangerous place because, to varying degrees, he did that. Donald Trump risks making it even more so by repeating Obama's mistake.

May 1st

Xi Jinping is No "Friend" of America, Mr. President

President Trump is talking up his new "friendship" with China's president, Xi Jingping. It's a potentially grave, if common, mistake when leaders believe that personal chemistry counts more than national interests.

Specifically, Mr. Trump is seeking help on North Korea from a guy who has gotten to the top of the Chinese power structure by being a ruthless nationalist, who regards the United States as a usurper of China's rightful role as the world's greatest power.

Before investing more in his relationship with such a man, President Trump would be well advised to read a formidable new study by the National Association of Scholars entitled, Outsourced to China. It documents the PRC's insidious influence operations on U.S. college campuses - a reminder that taking us down, not helping us out, is the goal of Xi Jingping and his regime.

Learn more at nas.org.

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The latest from Frank Gaffney, Jr.  Frank is the Founder and President of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C.  Mr. Gaffney formerly acted as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy during the Reagan Administration, following four years of service as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy. Read his FSM articles - click here.

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