2 December 2016   Leave a comment

Michael Gerson has written an op-ed piece about how North Korea will likely figure into President-Elect Trump’s foreign policy.  Kim Jong-un is looking at a South Korea that is paralyzed by President Park’s scandal and at a completely untested American President.  If there ever was a time to probe American foreign policy, North Korea could hardly find a better time.  But President Trump would be loathe to back down at his first test as Commander in Chief.  It should be an interesting first few months.

Iceland held parliamentary elections at the end of October but none of the seven parties achieved enough votes to form a majority government.  Since that time, the right-wing and the left-wing parties have been invited to form coalitions to create a government.  Iceland’s President, Guðni Jóhannesson, has now invited the anti-establishment Pirate Party to form a government.  The Priate Party came in third in the elections, but only garnered 14% of the votes.  Its platform is to create direct democracy with citizen input on virtually every government decision.

President-Elect Trump had a telephone conversation with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that was recorded and released by the Pakistani Government.  The breezy tone of the conversation is not at all surprising given what we heard from Mr. Trump during the campaign.  But from a diplomatic point of view the call has to rank as one of the strangest ever.  The conversation included Mr. Trump telling Sharif: “I am ready and willing to play any role that you want me to play to address and find solutions to the outstanding problems.”  Needless to say, the Indian government had a response to the transcript.  We should all hope that Mr. Trump learns how to measure his words more carefully when he speaking for the American people.

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Posted December 2, 2016 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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