Trump has derided some of the international partnerships Obama and his recent predecessors have promoted.
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For eight years, President Barack Obama's foreign policy doctrine has been rooted in the belief that while the U.S. can take action around the world on its own, it rarely should.Both Israel and Trump called on the U.S. to use its veto power to block the measure, but the Obama administration instead abstained.Trump has also challenged the necessity of multilateralism in his economic agenda, pledging to scrap the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade accord in favor of one-on-one agreements that he says will be more favorable to U.S. businesses and workers.Richard Grenell, who served as U.S. spokesman at the United Nations during President George W. Bush's administration and has been working with Trump's transition team, downplayed the prospect that Trump will withdraw from or even disregard the U.N. and NATO once he takes office.Obama has also been critical of U.S. partners at times, telling the Atlantic magazine earlier this year that some U.S. allies were "free riders" eager for Washington to solve the world's problems.
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