foreign policy


Definition of foreign policy 

: the policy of a sovereign state in its interaction with other sovereign states

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Trump has taken an aggressive tone during the NATO summit, questioning the value of an alliance that has defined decades of American foreign policy, torching an ally and proposing a massive increase in European defense spending. Jonathan Lemire And Jill Colvin,, "Trump declares victory at NATO as allies dispute his claims," 12 July 2018 Late in his career, Halper emerged as a vocal critic of President George W. Bush's interventionist foreign policy. Drew Broach,, "After Texas school shooting, Steve Scalise says removing prayer 'one of the problems': report," 22 May 2018 The Kremlin's foreign policy adviser, Yuri Ushakov, said the two men spoke on March 20 and Trump proposed a meeting. Jeremy Wallace, Houston Chronicle, "Ted Cruz warns of Russia's growing involvement in Nicaragua," 10 May 2018 Among them may be the future of the chatty Ukrainian grandmother with excellent foreign policy sense. Nina Jankowicz, The New Republic, "Available in Helsinki: the Fate of Eastern Europe," 13 July 2018 In the year since his appointment, his team has managed to secure guilty pleas from Donald Trump’s foreign policy aide George Papadopoulos, onetime national security adviser Michael Flynn and Deputy Campaign Manager Rick Gates, among others. Monique Judge, The Root, "How Much Does It Cost to Find Out if the Trump Campaign Colluded With the Russians? $17 Million So Far," 31 May 2018 The professor took the opportunity to strike up a conversation with Carter Page, whom Trump had named a few months earlier as a foreign policy adviser. The Washington Post,, "Secret FBI source for Russia probe met with 3 Trump advisers during campaign," 19 May 2018 But between Trump’s protectionism and Obrador’s criticism that Mexico is giving away too much to the United States, foreign policy specialists are increasingly concerned that relations between the two countries could break down. James Osborne, San Antonio Express-News, "Trump move irks oil, gas industry," 16 May 2018 European officials are fighting to preserve the agreement in talks with a new U.S. foreign policy team that shares President Donald Trump’s deep skepticism toward the 2015 pact. Julian E. Barnes, WSJ, "Pompeo Says Iran Nuclear Deal Could Only Be Preserved With a ‘Substantial Fix’," 27 Apr. 2018

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1804, in the meaning defined above

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