September 09, 2020
Trump loves sanctioning foreign countries — but he’s terrible at it
Journalist Alex Ward
In his four years as president, Donald Trump has responded to nearly every major foreign policy problem with the same tool: sanctions.
Change the Iranian regime’s behavior? Sanctions. Dismantle North Korea’s nuclear arsenal? Sanctions. Depose Venezuela’s dictator? You guessed it: Sanctions.
That indiscriminate wielding of America’s economic might — in a strategy his administration labels “maximum pressure” — is a trademark of Trump’s foreign policy. No president, in the minds of experts I spoke with, has relied so heavily on sanctions to solve intractable problems.
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