During the busy weeks following the election, President-Elect Donald Trump and his transition team have been meeting with a host of important figures. From celebrities to former heads of state, Trump’s team has been convening to discuss issues facing the next presidency, as well as choosing his next cabinet.
One of the notable people that met with Trump was former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Kissinger is celebrated for his leadership and even temper. His experience and skill when dealing with matters of state and interaction with other nations is invaluable for any administration.
No doubt Kissinger offered advice and guidance to the next presidency. After meeting with Trump and his people, he had some surprising things to say—at least the media would say so.
From The Hill:
Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said in an interview Sunday that President-elect Donald Trump could go down in history as a “very considerable president.”
“Donald Trump is a phenomenon that foreign countries haven’t seen,” Kissinger said on CBS’s “Face The Nation.”
“So it is a shocking experience to them that he came in to office. At the same time, extraordinary opportunity.”
Kissinger said every country now has to consider two things.
“One, their perception that the previous president, or the outgoing president, basically withdrew America from international politics, so that they had to make their own assessments of their necessities,” he said.
“And secondly, that here is a new president who’s asking a lot of unfamiliar questions. And because of the combination of the partial vacuum and the new questions, one could imagine that something remarkable and new emerges out of it.”
We know that Obama’s interactions with foreign countries was baffling to many. When he wasn’t apologizing for our nation and our way of life, he seemed to be neglecting important issues. Or letting Secretary of State Clinton operate with far too much power.
Many people assume Trump will also neglect the rest of the world, thanks to his assertion to put America first. But that is far from the truth. Trump is an expert negotiator who has worked with people from all over the world. No doubt he will develop strategies for our foreign relations that will be amicable to all.
Kissinger is right. Trump is a new breed of leadership. But that’s something we’ve needed for a long time.
Source: The Hill