By M. Amiri
Perhaps Donald Trump’s most famous catchphrase all along his campaign trail was his “America First” slogan. A vague concept at the time, it has now translated itself into economic protectionism and political isolationism. Of course the two are two sides of the same coin, the latter manifest in Trump’s recent tariffs on imports and the former visible in Trump’s repeated threats to withdraw from international organizations – ironically organizations that have mostly been designed and promoted by the US.
In his inaugural address Trump made it clear that he believes international cooperation and participation in free trade has been detrimental to US interests: “We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength, and competence of our country is dissipated over the horizon.”
Trump’s withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, the Paris Climate Accord and the UN Commission on Human…