Though the international community has criticized US President Trump in the past during “America’s First” tenure, there were always places, issues and conflicts where the United States’ involvement wasn’t appreciated. This was under his predecessor – Barack Obama and other recent American leaders.
Trump swept away agreements with some nations since he took office in 2017. He alienated longstanding allies and pulled out multilateral obligations which didn’t serve the interests of the United States according to him.
During the pandemic, Trump highly criticized the World Health Organization and rejected multilateralism at large. Likeminded leaders like him such as Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro and Britain’s Boris Johnson downplayed the coronavirus and were both infected.
Despite intelligence agencies’ confirmation of Moscow’s interference in the 2016 US presidential elections, Trump has made efforts to maintain relations with Vladimir Putin.
On the contrary, Biden says that Trump is putting Russia and other foreign governments “on notice” for acting aggressively as president to counter any interference in the US elections.
Washington’s relations with Beijing seem to be a bit unsettled as China flexes internationally. Trump has imposed punitive tariffs, made racist comments about the origins of the virus in Wuhan and has taken action against cyber security issues.
US relations with the European Union and NATO have not been smooth under Trump’s rule. Biden has said to have a more appeasing approach towards longtime allies as he is heir to a foreign policy tradition which is more in line with other US leaders since World War II.