Obama Struggles to Form Friendships Abroad

Image: Obama Struggles to Form Friendships Abroad

Wednesday, 19 Jun 2013 03:32 PM

By Melanie Batley

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
President Barack Obama has struggled to forge strong relationships with foreign heads of state, unlike presidents before him, and recent international encounters with a number of leaders have highlighted his uneasiness with them.

According to The New York Times, not only has the president struggled to bridge the divide with the leaders of two of America's oldest antagonists, Russia's President Vladimir Putin and China's President Xi Jinping, but he also has a tense relationship with the heads of some of America's most important European allies.

Obama traded strong words recently with the Chinese president over computer hacking and Internet surveillance tactics, while Putin continues to openly demonstrate disdain for Obama's policies on Syria.

Meanwhile, America's long-time friend, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, has signaled she intends to grill Obama about the National Security Agency's surveillance program, while French President Francois Hollande reportedly is unhappy that Obama didn't do more to help with the war in Mali and respond more robustly in Syria, the Times reported.

Obama also appears to have little influence over the anti-democratic behavior of some of the leaders he's spent significant time cultivating, such as Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Mohamed Morsi of Egypt.

R. Nicholas Burns, a longtime senior American diplomat and a lecturer at Harvard University, says the personal relationships a president builds with foreign leaders can be important, but in the end may have little impact on decisions that have to be made.

He points out that relationships between the United States and other countries continue along the same policy fronts out of necessity, from one administration to another regardless of which party holds the White House.

"You don't need to be buddies with someone to establish an effective relationship," Burns told the Times. "Not everyone can be Roosevelt and Churchill, forming a personal bond to end the Second World War."

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Retype Email:
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Goldman, US Agency in Mortgage Settlement Worth $1.2 Billion

Friday, 22 Aug 2014 21:30 PM

Goldman Sachs has agreed to a settlement worth $1.2 billion to resolve claims that it misled U.S. mortgage giants Fannie . . .

Cop Who Pushed CNN Anchor in Ferguson Suspended Over Racist Speech

Friday, 22 Aug 2014 21:41 PM

A St. Louis County police officer who pushed back a CNN anchor during a live broadcast from Ferguson, Missouri, this wee . . .

Kudlow: Obama Using 'Left-wing Populist Tricks and Class Warfare'

Friday, 22 Aug 2014 19:08 PM

Badly behind in the polls, Team Obama is resorting to its old left-wing populist tricks, says renowned economist and CNB . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved