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Samantha Power: Trump Admin. Creating Its Own Foreign Issues

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By    |   Tuesday, 09 January 2018 03:20 PM

President Donald Trump's administration is creating most of its own problems abroad, former U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power said Tuesday, and the "risk to peace" that is happening as a result makes her "sad," but not for her own legacy.

"I'm sad for the international order, and the risk to peace, and the welfare of people around the world," Power, who served under President Barack Obama, told CNN. "People say to me all the time, 'you must be sad for your legacy and all the work you guys did.' Our legacy?"

Under Trump, she continued, the rest of the world is moving on.

"China's trying to forge a free trade agreement where we didn't, [and] create a huge regional trade bloc that would be a threat to our interests," Power said. "The Europeans have basically said to us, 'you want to walk away from the Iran deal but the Iranian government is keeping to the Iran deal, so we're sticking with it."

Trump has announced he would decertify Iran's compliance with the nuclear agreement Power championed, and she said she doesn't think the nation should celebrate leaving that or other agreements."

"The fact that we have walked away from the international agreements that we forged isn't just bad for the last administration," Power said.

". . . And in terms of Korea, I think it is very important that there's a dialogue between North and South Korea, but I don't think that that's something that we have encouraged. That's something the republic of Korea has done, fearful that the language that the president has been using is going to lead us down a very reckless and dangerous path."

Power also said she opposes cuts to the State Department's budget and staff.

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"To me, that's not a foreign policy, that's bookkeeping," Power said. "he president wanted to go after ISIS again. I think that's something very important that we have achieved, but ISIS is a symptom as well of major governance challenges. I'm not seeing the diplomacy you need to create inclusive Iraq that is going to mean, or Syria for that matter, that will mean that the people who gravitated toward ISIS feel that they have a place in a new society."

She also commented on the role of the Obama administration during the election to sound the alarm about Russian interference, but at the same time, she does not think Republicans would have accepted the message.

"I don't think we have seen an evidence of a rally around the flag around election interference, and that saddens me because whoever you want to vote for, one thing we all should agree on is Americans get to choose," said Power.

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Former U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power said the "risk to peace" that is happening makes her "sad" and President Donald Trump's administration is creating most of its own problems abroad.
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Tuesday, 09 January 2018 03:20 PM
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