Trump and His ‘Shutdown’ Policy

Updated: Mar 20, 2020

by Saurav Raj Pant

The 2020 presidential race is heating up while Trump is busy blending

immigration issues, U.S.-China trade war, and Iran as well as the Israel-Palestine

peace talks. All these pertinent issues have one factor: President Trump’s

reactionary attitudes towards the established American containment policy.

Trump’s unsuccessful downplays of Venezuela and Iran do not serve America

well; instead, they destabilize the region. The ‘Israeli occupancy’ over the Golan

Heights and endorsement by Trump have created a new hotspot of conflict in the

Israel-Palestine region, which is already volatile.

Recently, Trump’s claim of exoneration from the Mueller report and

disinterest in reading the full report have created a sense of provocation among the

public to release the full report. All the ‘mess’ that he makes in foreign and

domestic policies makes him a ‘never’ forgotten ‘character’ in the U.S. presidential

list. After his succession (let’s say after 8 years), the new US President must build

the base again. His detachment from Europe has created a ‘vacuum’ after post-

soviet era for the first time in history on the issues of the Trans-Atlantic security.

Do France and Italy still have to ‘stick’ to the US security umbrella in Europe? The

answers are tough. His mere belief in the world economic system, which the US

has created, has been affecting the world economy in the form of the China-Russia

trade war (although they are currently under negotiation). His ‘distant and

unpredictable’ attitude has made India ‘irritated and current Indian Prime Minister

Modi is ‘playing’ different cards such as Russia and Iran for fulfilling their vested

interest of oil and weapons.

Trump’s economic policies— tax cuts benefiting rich American

neighborhoods and woes to revive the U.S. economy overnight— are showing their

“real” results now. Increasing interest rates by the Fed resulted in a massive flow

of money to the United States but created a sense of confusion by the investors

whether or not to invest on the US because of Trump’s ‘hot-wave’ war against

China; making the world economy unstable. His ‘CAATSA’ isn’t working well.

India is ‘confident’ and doing in its own way. Following the ‘assertiveness’ of

India and Turkey to continue ‘dealing’ with Russia, he had ‘currency war’ against

India and Turkey but these actions proved more ‘counter-productive’ to the US

alone. This has further distant the India and Turkey. India balanced its ‘currency

devaluation’ via support from Japan. Underlining these challenges, US senators are

now planning to make India as the ally of the NATO to put India on the Western

security umbrella—an further effort to detain Indian closeness to Russia. Trade

war with China and ‘impressing’ plan for India isn’t paying back greatly to the US.

Sometimes in a closed secret meeting, he had made joke about the sovereignty

status of the Nepal and Bhutan—that they are the part of the India so as to value

India for its great strategic importance in South Asia and Indo-pacific strategy.

But, this action has made more repercussion.

Recently, Mike Pompeo visited several Arab states to build a new military

alliance led by the Saudis in which Israel will also remain on the same table to

detain (not deter?) Iran. This alliance is often labeled as a new ‘Middle East

strategy’. But this strategy seems only ceremonial because it lacks ‘real time’ data

of the dangers the United States faces from Iran. His recent use of the word

‘bombarding’ against Iranian Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organization

appears to be ‘out of the scope’ from the US intelligence reporting. His action may

be guided with the intention of regime change in Iran by provocation and in this

regards his ‘deep state’ lobbying could have played well in the White House.

Following this event, he has failed to build a perfect vigilance measure to counter

perceived Chinese intellectuals of ‘spying’ during exchange programs in the U.S.

as well as technological hacking tools used against the US. Everywhere, he is

becoming a “loud” guy with a mere cutting-edge policy.

Nevertheless, Trump now has a ‘shutdown’ policy of ‘countering’ or

‘damaging’ what his predecessor has established for the US. Will his shutdown

policy of established notions creates difficulties for his successor in the future? It

will be interesting to watch.

Writer Profile: Saurav Raj Pant, Guest Columnist. Article coming soon! Saurav Raj Pant is a trailblazer and a powerful voice in his home country, Nepal. Founder and President of GARJAN-Nepal and Research Associate for U.S.-based think tank Nepal Matters for America, he strives to eliminate social taboos in his country. His projects include lobbying to improve Nepal's transportation systems and providing sanitary products to girls so they can attend school without feeling ashamed. To raise awareness of social issues, he writes in the Opinion in The Kathmandu Post and Qatar-based daily The Peninsula. Pant's career is global and extensive. He has consulted for various NGOs in Nepal and has worked in think tanks. He has internship experience at the Global Public Policy Watch, a think tank based in Germany, and Nepal-based social think tank Center for Social Change. He has also represented students through the Student Advisory Board Member for Population Media Center, a U.S.-based non-profit organization, and served as a Working Group Member of FYEG Climate and Energy Group. He works with public and private sectors to create social change. Pant holds a MA Political Science degree from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. Check out his interview by The Yale Globalist for details. (s