As soon as President Donald Trump hit the ground in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, it was clear that Mr. Trump’s first trip abroad as president would reinforce his goal of upending America’s leadership in the world, throwing out U.S. values and allies in exchange for an embrace of strongmen and uncertainty.
His stops in Riyadh and Europe were stark contrasts with one another, and were sharp breaks with the values that have made America great.
In Riyadh, Mr. Trump sent an unmistakable signal to the despotic leaders of the region that America under Trump will ignore concerns about human rights so long as countries are willing to buy U.S. goods and treat Trump with respect.
The above excerpt was originally published in Newsweek.
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