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No President Should Embrace Hostile Dictators

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Demonstrators in Buenos Aires, in March of 2016,  with signs in Spanish: "Get out Obama!" Human rights activists said that Obama's Argentina trip on the 40th anniversary of the coup ushering in one of the most repressive military dictatorships in Latin American history disrespects the families of those who died or disappeared. (Ivan Fernandez/AP)

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Wednesday, 03 May 2017 09:52 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Talking with foreign leaders goes with the job of president of the United States. Such interactions with actual or potential adversaries, however, entail real risks if they conjur notions of personal relationships that are allowed to mutate or supersede reality-based national security policies.

The ballyhooed "bromance" between President Trump and China’s Xi Jinping is worrying in that regard. Mr. Trump’s upcoming meetings with Russian despot Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s would-be Caliph, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, may be similarly fraught. And the President is now openly entertaining the possibility of a face-to-face meeting with North Korean tyrant Kim Jong-Un.

Former President Barack Obama was properly criticized for "extending the hand of friendship" to assorted U.S. enemies without precondition. The world is a much more dangerous place because, to varying degrees, he did that. Donald Trump risks making it even more so by repeating Obama’s mistake.

Frank Gaffney, Jr. is president of the Center for Security Policy (CSP), a columnist for The Washington Times, and host of the nationally syndicated program, Secure Freedom Radio. Read more reports from Frank Gaffney, Jr. — Click Here Now.

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Former President Barack Obama was properly criticized for extending a hand to assorted U.S. enemies without precondition. Donald Trump risks repeating Obama’s mistake.
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