Cutting To the Bone of American Leadership

The recent resignation of David Rank, a 27-year career Foreign Service officer who was serving as acting U.S. Ambassador to China, is just the latest U.S. diplomatic casualty of American leadership under President Donald Trump.

Much has been written about the damage that Trump has already done to America’s role in the world. From undermining alliances to ignoring human rights to withdrawing from international agreements forged by American leadership – including the Paris climate agreement and the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal – Trump has made clear that he wants to upend America’s place in the world, seeing many of America’s alliances, trade deals and partnerships as ripping off America economically.

The above excerpt was originally published in Just Security.