After repeatedly calling Trump “uniquely unqualified” throughout the 2016 campaigning cycle, Obama is now set to embark on his last official foreign trip as commander-in-chief and must explain to anxious foreign leaders what the 2016 presidential election means for U. S. foreign policy going forward. Per Bloomberg, Obama’s trip will include visits with the leaders of China, Germany, U. K., Peru, France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Australia and several Southeast Asian nations all of whom will be peppering him with questions ranging from the fate of various trade deals to the Syrian refugee crisis.
‘His role now becomes a bridge to an administration with which he has very different views,’ said Patrick Cronin, senior adviser for the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. ‘He’s got to reassure the global community that what’s coming next will not lead to complete fragmentation and a breakdown of order.’
‘I don’t know there’s much he could say to effectively calm their anxieties,’ Miller said in a telephone interview. ‘But I certainly expect that he’ll offer reassurances, most likely by highlighting the strong fundamentals of our relationships.’
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Nov 14, 2016.