“President Donald Trump’s decision to isolate the U.S. on climate change has handed China a golden opportunity to burnish its image as a global leader, even as it angers and unsettles European allies,” Bloomberg reports.
“Chinese President Xi Jinping has sought to capitalize on the public-relations opportunities afforded by Trump’s “America First” doctrine…”
“The worrisome part is that Trump basically says, ‘I’m not interested in being a global leader anymore,’ ” said Jan Techau, head of the Richard Holbrooke Forum at the American Academy in Berlin.
Rick Klein: “The nation’s diplomatic standing is also at stake, an argument understood by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Trump’s own daughter and son-in-law. The president goes into this knowing that the nation’s word means less than it once did, with Trump surrendering a seat at future decision-making tables.”