With One Move, Trump Destroyed the Credibility of the United States

There’s a saying I’m sure most people reading this have heard that a person is only as good as their word. Well, following Donald Trump’s announcement that the United States will be openly violating the agreement we struck with our allies and Iran concerning the country’s nuclear ambitions, he’s ruined any credibility the United States has to negotiate deals either with our allies or our enemies.

After this, why would anyone trust anything we say?

If there’s a clear violation (which Trump hasn’t presented and seeing as our allies oppose this move, they clearly haven’t found any, either), then it’s justifiable to break an agreement.

As of now, all we have is the same “it’s a terrible deal” propaganda from Trump we’ve heard for the past three years about every deal he opposes that Barack Obama signed. Constant hissy fits about a deal that most rational people are well aware that Trump’s probably never even read.

It’s hard to take a man’s thoughts on a complex issue seriously when most people know he has no idea what he’s talking about. Especially when he’s proven recently that he’ll rant about programs about which he knows nothing.

Such as his comments a few weeks ago that proved, despite repealing DACA several months ago, he doesn’t really know what the program is or who qualifies for it.

Since Trump was elected, much of the world has viewed the United States as a joke. Baffled at the fact that Americans could elect such an obvious liar and fraud, he’s turned this country into a laughing stock with his incompetence, daily Twitter tantrums, his disgraceful comments about various political enemies, spelling errors, and his ever-growing list of scandals.

Now he’s managed to destroy any credibility the United States had left.

There’s no reason for any country, either friend or foe, to agree to a deal with any other president on any major issue because Trump’s just proven that, without any tangible cause other than a pathetic obsession to undo anything his predecessor did, the next one can just come in and decide that we are no longer going to honor our word as a nation.

This is what happens when millions of people elect a pathological liar without any morals or respect for the office of the presidency.


No Republican president would have been a big fan of the nuclear deal Obama and our allies signed with Iran, but I’m certain they would have at least respected the fact that an American president agreed to the deal and that the word of the United States should mean something.

Though someone like Trump, a fraud who’s built most of his entire life around lies, clearly doesn’t give a damn about credibility, be it his or that of the United States of America. Just as long as he sees something he does as beneficial for him, that’s all he really cares about — and this move clearly appeases his base.

So, while Republicans might celebrate this move, and his supporters clearly think it was the right thing to do, Donald Trump’s decision to break our country’s word and violate the terms we agreed to with the Iranian government has destroyed the credibility of the United States as a global leader.

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Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.