WASHINGTON -- Lynda Tran, Founding Partner at 270 Strategies, joined CBSN this morning to discuss the Trump Administration's lack of long-term, strategic foreign policy.
On the Trump Administration's foreign policy
"I think it would be hard to say that there’s been any sort of “Trump Doctrine” when it comes to foreign policy. You’ve got a State Department that very, very rarely gives any sort of briefings, that's typically the standard, daily look into the U.S. administration’s foreign policy on a host of different issues, and in regard to a host of different countries. That hasn’t happened. You’ve got Rex Tillerson who just a few days ago was saying the opposite of what Nikki Haley was saying. Specifically, that he thought Assad needed to be a part of any sort of solution in Syria, while Nikki Haley was saying that Assad needed to be overthrown in order for there to be any sort of forward movement there. There’s just a lot of confusion, as Alex pointed out earlier, and I think that all of that speaks to the lack of a strategic framework, and perhaps, an administration that is much more focused on the tactics than they are on the long-term approach here."
"When it comes to diplomacy and foreign policy, unpredictability is incredibly dangerous. The name of the game is stability. The name of the game is projecting to your allies and to your opponents the path that you want to take because in an ideal world you’re not escalating in a military way. You’re having conversations with folks and making sure that you’re on the same page about keeping things very peaceful and advancing your own nation’s objectives, but doing so without escalating."
Watch Lynda's full interview here.