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Trump Changing Direction Of U.S. Foreign Policy

| by Ray Brown

President-elect Donald Trump has wasted no time making his impact felt on foreign policy, despite the fact that he has yet to officially be sworn to office.

Trump has shown he's not hesitant to take a different approach when it comes to dealing with superpowers like China and Russia.

In regards to China, Trump spoke with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen Dec. 2, even though the U.S. does not formally recognize Taiwan. The U.S. policy -- since 1979 -- has been to avoid publicly acknowledging Taiwanese independence from China, which has a “One China” policy, reported CNN.

Trump also questioned whether the U.S. has to formally abide by the One China policy without getting more in return.

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“I don’t know why we have to be bound by a One China policy unless we make a deal with China having to do with other things, including trade,” Trump said, according to The New York Times.

He continued: “I mean, look … we’re being hurt very badly by China with devaluation; with taxing us heavy at the borders when we don’t tax them; with building a massive fortress in the middle of the South China Sea, which they shouldn’t be doing; and, frankly, with not helping us at all with North Korea.”

The New York Times said a U.S. president or president-elect hasn't questioned China's policy since 1972, when President Richard Nixon “enshrined the One China principle in the Shanghai Communique.”

While Trump has challenged China, he appears to be warming relations with Russia, which has had a testy relationship with the U.S. during President Barack Obama's administration.

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Trump nominated Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, who is known to have worked on energy deals with Russian President Vladimir Putin, to be Secretary of State.

Trump has also criticized the CIA's report that Russian intelligence agents hacked into the Democratic National Committee's email system and released embarrassing details about the party.

The CIA report, which has not been released to the public but has been described to The Washington Post by anonymous officials, said the hack was meant to hurt former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and help Trump.

"I think really clearly what this is is an attempt to try to delegitimize President-elect Trump's win," Trump spokesman Jason Miller told reporters, according to CNN. "That really seems to be what's going on here." 

Sources: CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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