You don’t rise to the top without making a lot of enemies. This is true in the playground, the business world and the political arena. And America’s enemies are out for blood. The shock election of Donald Trump, the first American president without any previous political or military experience, has everyone asking how he will respond to an international crisis, terror attack or declaration of war. America’s allies are currently speculating how he will handle rival powers China and Russia, and traditional enemies Syria, Iran, North Korea as well as ISIS. The short answer? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
The long answer? Well there are a couple of different scenarios. If the Republican establishment exerts its influence, Trump is likely to take a tough stance with America’s enemies while continuing current agreements, incursions or sanctions. If he decides to go it alone President Trump could become as hostile and protectionist as Nominee Trump, for example ordering for the torture and bombings of all terrorists at home and abroad. Of course this is a painfully simplistic solution to extremely complicated problems, and it would likely only further destabilize a messy situation.
It gets more complicated with currency-manipulator China and BFF Russia. Trump’s rhetoric about these countries has left both domestic politicians and foreign leaders anxious. China and Russia are hoping Trump’s campaign isolationism holds true since a reduced American presence in the world would ultimately make way for Chinese and Russian world domination. But no need to start building that underground bunker just yet – the Trump administration will be under enormous pressure from European allies, a hawkish Congress and even his own cabinet to keep America at the front of the world stage, make nice with allies, support current wars (and maybe even start more), continue vital trade with China and take a hard stance on an aggressive Russia. Ultimately Trump will probably defer to more experienced foreign policy makers and his presidency will prove conventionally hawkish. And maybe he’ll realize that sometimes the enemy of your enemy is... still just an enemy.
Feel that keeping a list of your enemies would come in handy? Movie for your merciless mood: Kill Bill