Liberals fear that everything the Obama administration has “achieved” the past eight years will be undone by a volatile Trump administration.
However, outgoing Secretary of State John Kerry said he doesn’t anticipate that the incoming Trump administration will make any large diplomatic waves.
At the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland on Tuesday, he said that it’s not likely that Trump will reverse much, because our friends and allies will maintain all the diplomatic deals that Obama had helped negotiate, and changing anything would make the U.S. the “odd person out.”
Kerry also mentioned – perhaps jokingly – that Trump’s administration would last only a year or two.
World Economic Forum host Thomas Friedman: There are people here, Mr. Secretary – myself included – who are walking around with a pit in their stomach, or fear that so many of the things that you just articulated and achieved could be reversed in a week.
Secretary of State John Kerry: I don’t believe they will be. I just don’t believe that.
Take Iran, for instance. If the United States were to decide suddenly and say, ‘Hey, we’re not going to pursue this,’ and so forth, I’ll bet you – I haven’t talked to all of them – but I’ll bet you that our friends and allies who negotiated this with us will get together, and that Russia, China, Germany, France and Britain will say, ‘You know what, this is a good deal, we’re going to keep it.’
And Iran and the rest of them will keep it. And we’ll have made ourselves the odd person out. We’ll have injured our own credibility in conceivably an irreparable way.
Not irreparably. There’s time, and that’s just too dramatic. But we will have done great injury to ourselves. And it will hurt for the endurance of a year, two years, whatever, while the [Trump] administration is there.
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