In this Oct. 26, 2018 photo, President Donald Trump points to the media as he speaks during a campaign rally in Charlotte, N.C. AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
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World War I sparked America's emergence as a global power, when it flexed its muscles to end the bloody stalemate in the trenches in Europe. A century after the Nov. 11, 1918, armistice, debate still rages over the U.S. role in the world and the country is led by a president whose credo "America First" harkens back to that of post-World War I isolationists.Henry Cabot Lodge, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, saw the world body as a threat to U.S. sovereignty and engineered a rejection of U.S. membership by the Senate.Echoes of that Wilson-Lodge dispute can still be heard today as U.S. President Donald Trump steers a foreign policy course unlike those followed by recent occupants of the Oval Office.For Neiberg, "what he's arguing is that the United States, being a great power, a great economy, a great nation, shouldn't be involved in any of these organizations unless it makes sense for the United States.Trump's stance also represents a departure from U.S. engagement with what is known as the rules-based international order which the United States helped create after World War II.Lindsay warned that the U.S. risks creating a "political vacuum on the geo-political level" if it abandons its global leadership role.
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