This would also be a problem for national security. This is more indirect, but it’s very true that the President of Mexico absolutely detests Trump. He tweets directly to Trump all the time, sending videos that explain in detail why Trump is ruining our relationship with Mexico. If they start getting cozy with China, then we have a major issue. China is already using the drug cartels to ship opioids into the United States, and this supply chain is now responsible for more than half of the opioid overdoses annually in the United States. Moreover, China is getting closer to controlling Venezuela. As they move through Central America, they could start to influence Mexico quite easily. As we renegotiate NAFTA, Mexico may then claim economic reasons for allowing China to pressure them.
Aside from China, though, we have a different issue that is softer and much more pervasive and irreparable. I recently wrote a post called “Falling Behind On The World Stage,” which talks about how Trump’s attitudes about other countries and how he not only wants to isolate the United States from the rest of the world but also that he seems to be doing a good job at that. I won’t go into all the detail in this post, but essentially, the United States is not imperialist or colonial. It relies on relationships. Those alliances are created through talking, negotiating, and common interests. If we actively show other countries that our main control is to remove connections simply for the sake of being an island, then they’ll go elsewhere. I just don’t think Trump knows how to make friends, whether in a sandbox, a boardroom, or at any number of international summits around the world, and sadly, that’s going to hurt us real bad.
We never know how close these relationships truly have to be because small countries are dependent on us and there are other interdependencies and economic entanglements that make it impossible for many countries to depart from a working relationship with us. Therefore, we have to wait until an event happens to see how those countries respond. That could be an attack on a NATO country and one of those countries not living up to the full spirit of the treaty or violating the treaty by not sending troops. That could be Australia not letting the United States military consult its military on how to handle issues in the South China Sea, even if we may have more at stake and more expertise in the subject matter because, frankly, Australia may not want us to have that control. Our generals have more power than the top generals in the South Korean army, but that’s based on existential threats. That’s a working relationship. If South Korea had a better way and liked us, they wouldn’t change that relationship. If they found a better way and didn’t like us, they wouldn’t need us.
Based on what I’ve written, you can tell that I think ending the DACA program is a horrible idea. Moreover, I think it’s clear that Trump doesn’t want to end it for the reasons he’s saying. He’s just a racist. With all the analysis going around, it’s ironic and perhaps unfortunate for those with analytical mindsets, but really, that’s all there is to it.