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How is President Donald Trump's State of the Union playing overseas? It's not even playing

2019-02-07 10:19:47       source:USA Today

Feburary 6, 2019

President Donald Trump used his State of the Union address to appeal for political unity, offering Americans a choice between "greatness and gridlock" while claiming to have shown strength facing down international threats from Iran to North Korea.

But political scientists said the speech masked an essential point: Trump's foreign policy has exacerbated many of the problems he's trying to solve, claimed credit for progress to which it is not entitled and alienated key allies along the way. And those foreign partners – and even the foes – from Asia to Europe, from Latin America to the Middle East, voted with their rhetoric Wednesday by meeting Trump's speech with silence.

In fact, with the exception of a spokesman for South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who welcomed Trump's announcement of a second summit with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam, Feb. 27 and 28, few said it warranted paying close attention.

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