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How the President-elect Can Trump Foreign Policy Idealism

The coming Trump administration has deeply worrying aspects, but it also represents a magnificent opportunity to base U.S. foreign policy on the real interests of the American people, rather than what the Washington elites take to be the interests of U.S. global primacy. This is also necessary if President-elect Trump is to have any chance of fulfilling his promise to rebuild the prosperity of the middle class. Such a strategy will require Trump to jump backwards over a generation or more of U.S. policymakers and advisers—who have been responsible for disasters—and create his team on the basis of what Sen. Jeff Sessions claims is Trump’s basic philosophy, the realism of Henry Kissinger. It will also, however, require Trump to quietly shelve several of the threats he made during the campaign.