US President Donald Trump has wreaked havoc with shocking speed: Former White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice

June 3, 2017 10:30 pm

President speaks during a bill signing ceremony in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House on June 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by AFP)

Former White House National Security Adviser says President Donald Trump’s moves during his first four months in office have been nothing than “a whole lot of winning” for America’s arch-rivals, Russia and China.
Rice, who was former President Barack Obama’s adviser, wrote about Trump in a New York Times op-ed on Friday, denouncing the president for what she described as his isolationist foreign policy.
“With shocking speed, he has wreaked havoc: hobbling our core alliances, jettisoning American values and abdicating leadership of the world,” she wrote.
“That’s a whole lot of winning — for Russia and China,” Rice added.
Rice noted Trump’s foreign policy moves, including his latest decision to withdraw from the 2015 Paris climate change agreement as well as his withdrawal from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) only 3 days after he took the oath of office.

Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice speaks during a conference on the transition of the US Presidency from Barack Obama to Donald Trump in Washington DC on January 10, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

She said withdrawing from TPP, opened the door for China to assert its own views on trade in the region. She said that Trump  left “key allies empty-handed, fearful of the strategic benefit that will inevitably accrue to China.”
The Trans-Pacific Partnership, reached in October 2015 after five years of negotiations, was a massive regional trade deal backed by Australia and other regional neighbors, and was headed by the US.
Rice also knocked Trump for his latest decision on pulling out the US from the Paris climate agreement, which according to her has put the country “at odds with virtually the entire world.”

Demonstrators protest President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out the US from Paris climate change agreement In Chicago on June 2, 2017. (Photo By AFP)

“Europe and China stand together on the Paris accord, while is isolated.”
Obama, whose administration helped negotiate the Paris accord, has harshly criticized Trump’s decision with his Secretary of State John Kerry describing the move “self-destructive” to the US interests. 
Rice further criticized Trump’s “reckless refusal to reaffirm our commitment to the defense of our allies under Article 5” during his trip to Europe last week. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization’ Article 5 stipulates that other NATO allies must come to the aid of an ally under attack if it is invoked.
Trump said the only time that Article 5 has been invoked was after the September 11, 2001 attacks, when the alliance answered Washington’s call for joining a war in Afghanistan, which lasted for almost 16 years.

(L-R) French President Emmanuel Macron, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, US President Donald Trump and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel attend the unveiling ceremony of the new headquarters of NATO on May 25, 2017 in Brussels. (Photo by AFP)

Rice said by such decisions; the US has “voluntarily” given up its global leadership post because it has isolated itself from the international arena.”
Trump’s move is a “coup de grâce for America’s postwar global leadership for the foreseeable future,” she said. “We will see the cost when next we need the world to rally to our side.”
Rice also warned “It won’t be long before a fresh crisis arises.”
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