Even before the election, Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass, in a provocative new bestselling book, saw an unstable world in disarray. He tells Jim that since November 8, Trump’s unpredictable approach suggesting a trade war with China, a hard line on immigration, tilting towards Putin in a dramatic revision of long standing U.S. foreign policies may have indeed made matters worse.
Trump said he wants to ramp up our nuclear arsenal as he bids for a better relationship with Putin. Meanwhile, North Korea says its ICBM launch has reached the final stage. Council on Foreign Relations nuclear policy expert Rebecca Lissner tells that we urgently need a “grand strategy” to deal with an alarming threat.
Obama thought he would “reset” relations with the Russians; yet they deteriorated to the lowest level since the Cold War. Can the U.S. salvage the relationship? Is the election hack an insuperable barrier? Tom Graham of Kissinger Associates, former Senior Director for Russia on the National Security Council of President George W. Bush, who may well be Trump’s choice as ambassador to Russia, tells Jim that our way forward with Putin should be a multi-pronged approach.
Was it the Comey statement about the emails coming 10 days before the election, the Russian hack or that blacks and Latinos stayed at home? Or was it something missing in her message about the economy that caused Hillary, quite unexpectedly, to lose key swing states that Obama won handily in 2008 and 2012? In an unvarnished post mortem of the election, Veteran pollster and political analyst Doug Schoen tells Jim that voters rejected Hillary Clinton because her game plan failed to get across to voters how she would create lost jobs.
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