5 Ways Trump is making America weaker

One of the first things Trump did when he became president was to withdraw the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. This was the beginning of Trump weakening America. And since withdrawing the US from the TPP, he did several other things that has weakened America.

 Source:  NY Mag

Source: NY Mag

Increasing Divisions in America

President Trump's presidency has made America extremely more divisive. Democrats and other people on the liberal side of the political spectrum seem to hate Trump and his policies while conservatives seem to do the exact opposite. Trump’s presidency and the alleged reasons behind his winning of the presidential has also fueled protests across the country, including kneeling during the national anthem at NFL, protests against Trump’s immigration policies, and anti-Trump protests.

Harming Relationships with American Allies

President Trump has repeatedly said harmful comments to several leaders of nations that are allies with the US and has continued to insult nations that are members of US led multi-lateral agreements. For example, in 2017 Trump said he agreed with Article 5 of NATO's charter, which states that any attack against one ally is considered an attack against all NATO members, but later in 2018 President Trump questioned the US' commitment to defend all NATO allies. President Trump also criticized May's handling of Brexit saying, "I would have done [Brexit] much differently. I actually told Theresa May how to do it but she didn't agree, she didn't listen to me. She wanted to go a different route. I would actually say that she probably went the opposite way. And that is fine." When discussing Germany President Trump said, "Presidents have been trying unsuccessfully for years to get Germany and other rich NATO Nations to pay more toward their protection from Russia. They pay only a fraction of their cost. The U.S. pays tens of Billions of Dollars too much to subsidize Europe, and loses Big on Trade!"

Increasing Debt

Contrary to popular belief, the government's debt often increases under Republican presidents and President Trump has been no different. Under President Trump's term in office he has cut taxes, a move that may seem good at face value but something that will cause America's debt to increase by $1.9 trillion. President Trump also plans to build a large wall at the US-Mexican border that is estimated to cost $21.6 billion. Both the tax cuts and the plan to build the US-Mexico border wall greatly raise the US debt, which is currently at a staggering $21.3 trillion.

Injuring American Companies, Farmers, and Workers

Trump has started trade wars with several countries with the hope that these trade wars will force countries to renegotiate trade agreements that are more economically friendly to the US. However, Trump's trade wars have instead led to American manufacturers leaving the country and farmers losing money. For example, due to retaliatory tariffs, farmers could potentially lose millions of dollars in exports, including around $361 million of exports from the state of Kansas aloneHarley Davidson also announced that they will be moving factories outside of the US due to how much retalitory sanctions are increasing their costs of production.

Decreasing American Influence Around the Globe

The ramifications of Trump removing the US from trade agreements, insulting foreign leaders, and increasing tariffs has led to a more isolated America. The result of a more isolated America is a country that cannot spread its influence around the world, which can lead to America having less negotiating power with foreign nations. If the trend of isolationist policies and behaviors continue then in the future the US will have less saves to natural resources and American businesses will have less access to foreign consumers, which would hurt the US economy similar to the way Trump's tariffs have hurt American farmers.

Featured Image Source: Forbes