During his election campaign in 2016, President Trump stated on several occasions that he does not want America to be the policeman of the world. But almost three years into his tenure, he has positioned the country he leads to be the best policeman of the world.
He has ironed out differences between nations and avoided war. He not only has developed a friendship with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, but also with China’s Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin. The photos showing the sincere and friendly body language of Kim looking at President Trump are amazing.
President Barack Obama viewed it differently, saying that being the policeman of the world is “how we roll,” as he put it in a “60 Minutes” interview in 2014:
“When trouble comes up anywhere in the world, they don’t call Beijing, they don’t call Moscow. They call us. That’s the deal.”
From this author’s vantage point, Obama appeared to represent the interests of the rich and certain powerful elites who benefit when there are major conflicts of specific kinds. So under Obama, the United States did not police the whole world. There were many conflicts and natural disasters in the world that Obama did not really care about. However, when it was in the best interest of the people Obama represented, be it for oil, or commercial or military reasons, Obama got involved.
The numerous bilateral treaties and agreements made under Democratic administrations also led the United States to be committed to intervene in significant parts of the world. The money spent on the military was for the world, to settle disputes around the world in exchange for certain benefits.
The history of the United States as the policeman of the world began when the country, after hesitation, entered World War II. This did stop fascism in Europe; otherwise Hitler or Stalin would have become the dominant power.
President Trump wants to build up America first. In a joint press conference with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari at the White House in April 2018, President Trump commented on a question of continuing a military presence in Nigeria:
“We more and more are not wanting to be the policeman of the world. And we’re spending tremendous amounts of money for decades on policing the world, and that shouldn’t be our priority. We want to police ourselves, and we want to rebuild our country.”
When he became president, as commander-in-chief, President Trump immeditately aimed for the destruction of ISIS and to bring the troops back from Syria.
During a press conference with the prime minister of Pakistan on Monday, President Trump said:
“There is tremendous potential between our countries, and Pakistan, I think Pakistan is going to help us out to extricate ourselves. We are like policemen; we are not fighting the war. We want to fight a war in Afghanistan and win it, I can win that war in a week, I just don’t want to kill 10 million people. Does that make sense to you, I don’t want to kill 10 milion people.
“So we are working with Pakistan and others to extricate ourselves. Nor do we want to be policemen, because basically we are policemen right now. We are not supposed to be policemen; we’ve been there before for nineteen years in Afghanistan. It’s ridiculous and I think Pakistan helps us with that.”
He wants an end to these wars, as he tweeted at the beginning of this year: “Endless Wars, especially those which are fought out of judgment mistakes that were made many years ago, & those where we are getting little financial or military help from the rich countries that so greatly benefit from what we are doing, will eventually come to a glorious end!”
President Trump does not want to send troops to foreign soil to police the world, but he wants a strong military to defend freedom. He closed his speech to the service members in Osan Air Base in South Korea, after he took that historic step into North Korea on June 30, by saying, “Americans are born free, and as long as we have brave soldiers and sailors and airmen and Marines, we know that our freedom will never, ever die.”
Although he does not want America to be the policeman of the world, he is sought by other powers for help. When President Trump took questions from reporters during the meeting marking the Apollo 11 50th anniversary last week, he was asked about the trade tension between Japan and South Korea.
President Trump said that the President of South Korea asked him to be involved. He stated that if both of the presidents want him to help, he will get involved. He jokingly wondered about how many things he has to be involved in and that it would be a full time job, but “however if they need me, I will be there.”
President Trump is gaining respect around the world as the leader who can solve problems by sincerity and not war. While wars are averted and peace is spreading in the world, the United States can resign from being the policeman of the world. However President Trump has become, whether he wants or not, the best policeman for the world.