By Nicholas Perugini, Trending Writer
Over 100 years ago, the United States was thrusted onto the world stage with the nation’s entrance into World War I. The arrival of Americans on the European continent was welcomed by the Allied nations, who had begged the United States to support their side. President Wilson hoped that the U.S. could use its newfound fame to change global politics for the better. In fact, it was the dream of many Americans that one day the nation could be seen as a global power. Now over a century later, it seems as if America has exhausted all of its good will and the nations of the world are looking to move on forward while leaving the U.S. behind.
Today, it seems dreams of America’s past are being rejected by the current presidential administration. Over the past year, President Trump has implemented an ‘America First’ policy, isolating the nation from multiple international agreements. The United States will no longer address its climate change responsibilities in accordance with the Paris Climate Agreement. The recent government shutdown was fueled by the debate about immigration reform. President Trump has also made multiple statements making it unclear if he would honor the nation’s commitment to NATO in the event of an attack on the multination alliance.
All of this rhetoric has made the international community question if they can rely on the United States. German Chancellor Angela Merkel had this to say after a meeting with the President last summer: “We Europeans really have to take our destiny into our own hands.” According to CBS News, Canada, one of America’s closets economic allies, is looking to create new trade deals without the U.S. The Mayor of London wants to cancel a visit by the President, says the Chicago Tribune. In reaction to the administration’s past decisions, it seems as if the world wants to leave the U.S. behind.
During the 20th century, the United States had created a great reputation among the international community. In the wake of World War II, the country helped to rebuild Europe and Asia. U.S. participation was crucial in the creation of the World Bank, an institution that aids in financing the world. The United States holds a permanent spot of the United Nations Security council, allowing the nation a say on global issues. The dreams of past American leaders had been realized; America had become global power. America had a reputation on the world stage that was well respected and admired. Under the current administration, that reputation has been decimated due to the President’s recent actions. A century of hard work and dedication has been discarded in one year. American international perception has not become ‘great’. In fact, it has fallen.
A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, January 30th print edition.
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