US President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with automobile industry leaders in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, January 24, 2017. / AFP / SAUL LOEB
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President Donald Trump's pursuit of an "America first" foreign policy is raising questions about who, if anyone, will fill the void if the U.S. relinquishes its traditional global leadership role."That is the past," Trump said.In one of his first acts, Trump Monday formally withdrew the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a project launched under President George W. Bush and negotiated by President Barack Obama to set trade rules with Asia and counter China's growing economic influence Trump said he was doing a "great thing" for U.S. workers by tearing it up. China isn't the only country that could profit from U.S. retrenchment. No one can simultaneously match America's economic, military and moral might, and a more isolationist U.S. could mean a power vacuum.While U.S. rivals like China and Russia would relish the opportunity to try to replace the United States, many countries in Asia, Europe and elsewhere are fretting the prospect of an American retreat.Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who once cursed Obama for the American's criticism of his country's war on drugs, has embraced Trump's "America first" approach and expressed relief the U.S. will no longer lecture others on how to behave.
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