On Friday, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright spoke about President Trump’s isolationist approach to international affairs and failure to curb the spread of authoritarianism around the world.
In an op-ed published by The New York Times, Albright warned of the increasing threat of a resurgence of fascism. She criticized Trump for withdrawing the U.S. from the global leadership role that has helped maintain international order.
Albright wrote, “The possibility that fascism will be accorded a fresh chance to strut around the world stage is enhanced by the volatile presidency of Donald Trump.”
She continued, “If freedom is to prevail over the many challenges to it, American leadership is urgently required. This was among the indelible lessons of the 20th century. But by what he has said, done and failed to do, Mr. Trump has steadily diminished America’s positive clout in global councils.”
She went on by arguing that Trump’s behavior in the White House has given foreign autocrats a free pass to rule with iron fists.
She wrote, “They can and do point to Trump’s own words to justify their repressive actions.”
Furthermore, she argued that Trump’s threats to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, as well as his combative approach to North Korea, could “set in motion events that neither he nor anyone else can control.”
Earlier this week, Albright told NPR in an interview that the real estate mogul is the “most anti-democratic president that I have studied in American history.”
Both as a presidential candidate and since taking office last year, Trump has touted an “America first” approach to foreign policy, vowing to fight back against what he has claimed are unfair trade pacts and lopsided alliances.
Trump has appeared reluctant to publicly criticize repressive governments, particularly that of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Albright argued that such behavior could set a dangerous precedent for the world.
She wrote, “Overseas, rather than stand up to bullies, Mr. Trump appears to like bullies, and they are delighted to have him represent the American brand. If one were to draft a script chronicling fascism’s resurrection, the abdication of America’s moral leadership would make a credible first scene.”
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