Is America still the leader of the free world?
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Is America still the leader of the free world?

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After Trump called the European Union a "foe" and held a jawdropping press conference with Russian president Vladimir Putin, critics say America is no longer the leader of the free world. By abandoning our allies and embracing authoritarian leaders, many argue Trump has ceded our moral authority and commitment to democratic ideals. But the U.S. still has the world's largest military and biggest economy, and some insist we're leading by putting our own interests first. What do you think?

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#WeNoLongerLead
37.4%
#AmericaFirstAlways
62.6%

From the Iran nuclear deal—a painstakingly negotiated agreement involving several of America’s top European allies—to the Paris climate accords, Trump has angered allies by essentially tearing up American agreements. His supporters say he's doing what's best for the country, but critics say alienating our trading partners and destabilizing Western alliances does nothing to put America first.

The president himself has claimed victory and success, both in terms of our trade agreements with Canada and our negotiations with Korea. Many Americans prefer a U.S. foreign policy that does not prioritize or rely on cooperation or consensus from other nations, and say this is what "America First" looks like.

Vox's Zack Beauchamp called Trump's actions "geopolitical suicide" for Pax Americana.

We must confront the reality that the world’s worst fears about a Trump presidency are starting to come true: that America under Trump is committing what Georgetown University professor Dan Nexon calls “geopolitical suicide.” The Trump administration is ending “America” as we know it — a country that basically works to maintain a relatively peaceful status quo — and replacing it with a kind of rogue superpower, one that is willing to advance what Donald Trump sees as its interests at any cost.

Though many were aghast at Trump's treatment of our allies and trading partners and his submissive attitude towards Putin, others admired his defiant and even disdainful stance. His supporters say America has been pushed around and taken advantage of on the world stage, and Trump is finally putting a stop to it.

Many say 18 months of Trump's presidency have left American leadership in the dustbin of history.

Others argue that after our behavior both at home and abroad, it is no wonder our allies have lost faith in us. Selfishness, shortsightedness, xenophobia, and human rights abuses do nothing to advance our political, economic, or moral standing. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is now the true leader of the free world.

Since the end of WWII, the U.S. has been the central player in the international system, leading in the creation of new international organizations like the United Nations, NATO, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
American diplomacy has been essential to multinational agreements on trade, climate, regional security and arms control. Americans could and did claim to be at the center of a "rules-based international order."
Those days are gone.
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