Obama’s foreign policy plunders were a sight to behold during his presidency. The former president spent the much of his first term on an apology tour, during which he gave his infamous Cairo speech, apologizing to Muslims for mean ol’ America.
Even worse, he consistently exuded weakness to our allies and adversaries, causing all sorts of ripple effects, which have led to things like increased Russian and North Korean aggression. Time and again, Obama embarrassed himself and America on the world stage, but we don’t have to worry about that anymore. In stark contrast to Obama, Trump has begun his first tour of Asia as president.
As reported at the Daily Mail, unlike Obama, upon greeting the Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Monday, Trump didn’t prostrate himself, instead he offered up a simple handshake.
Meeting with the emperor and empress is routine for heads of state visiting Tokyo, and Trump followed through with the tradition before a joint press conference with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who wields the real political power in Japan.
An administration official traveling with the president’s Far East tour said that bowing is “not his style – never has been.“
In 2009, during Obama’s first tour of Asia, he infamously offered up a very deep bow to the emperor, which immediately made him a laughingstock the world over. Especially considering it wasn’t his first time bowing to heads of state. Seven months earlier, he bowed deeply before Saudi leaders, which is even more embarrassing.
Trump’s visit to Japan is all about strengthening trade relations and reiterating America’s commitment and resolve to stand against the North Koreans and their dangerous aggression in the region.
Abe said at the joint presser that Japan backed Trump’s stance that “all options” are on the table when it comes to North Korea, saying the two countries were “100 percent” together on the issue.
While Trump did express some discontent with America’s trade deficit with Japan, he said that relations with one of our closest allies were “better than we have ever had.”
The president is already off to a far better start to his first tour of Asia than Obama. Trump is emphasizing America’s strength and resolve, which will go a long way to assuage our allies fears in the region and at the same time deter our adversaries.
Source: Daily Mail