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How Trump Shook Up U.S. Relations With 4 Countries in the First 4 Days of 2018

American relationships with Pakistan, North Korea, the Palestinian Authority, and Iran have all changed in unexpected ways in 2018, and we're only four days in to the year.

By NTK Staff | 01.04.2018 @12:00pm
How Trump Shook Up U.S. Relations With 4 Countries in the First 4 Days of 2018

Foreign policy is shaping up to be a major focus and theme of Donald Trump’s 2018, only four days into the second year of his presidency.

It’s January 4, and already Trump has shaken up America’s relationship with four countries, ranging from ‘frenemy’ to ‘enemy,’ in new and unexpected ways.

Here’s a quick recap.

PAKISTAN

Trump’s first tweet of 2018 was about Pakistan, with the president threatening to withdraw $33 billion in U.S. aid to the country over his frustration with alleged “lies & deceit.”

The presence of terrorists in Pakistan – including al Qaeda fighters (Osama bin Laden was found and killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan) and the Haqqani network – has long been a source of frustration for the State and Homeland Security departments, but Trump’s tweet blew those frustrations out into the open.

NORTH KOREA

The North Korea threat was always going to be a 2018 issue, but Trump escalated tensions on Wednesday with a tweet about his “powerful” nuclear button.

Trump sought to take credit for emerging peace talks between North and South Korea in a tweet on Thursday morning:

PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY

Drawing a direct line from his Pakistan tweet, Trump tweeted on Tuesday evening that the U.S. should also scrutinize its foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority, especially given the authority’s recent, strong opposition to U.S. decisionmaking on Jerusalem.

At risk is as much as $370 million a year in aid to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

IRAN

As NTK Network pointed out on Wednesday, Trump has tweeted about Iran more than any other country in the first days of 2018. Trump is supporting the protesters in that country, who are speaking out against the regime’s management of Iran’s economy and its foreign affairs.

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