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What's Dangerous About Donald Trump's Foreign Policy?

His unorthodox approach has frightened some observers. But it’s his more conventional moves that have cost the most lives.
Source: Rick Wilking / Reuters

When critics argue that Donald Trump is an exceptionally reckless commander in chief, they tend to highlight how the American president deviates from the norm.

By issuing “diplomatic pronouncements” on Twitter and pronouncing actual diplomats irrelevant, Hillary Clinton , Trump poses “a clear and present danger to our country and to the world.” Trump, the Republican Senator Bob Corker , acts “like he’s on a reality show” and “doesn’t realize that we could be heading towards World War III with the kinds of comments that he’s making” about foreign policy, which left “to the professionals.” “We are concerned that the president of the United States is so unstable, is so volatile, has a decision-making process that is so quixotic, that he might order a nuclear-weapons strike [against North Korea] that is wildly out of step with U.S. national-security interests,” Corker’s Democratic colleague Chris Murphy during a Senate hearing.

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