Who actually determines U.S. foreign policy?

Кто на самом деле определяет американскую внешнюю политику?

President Donald trump in his campaign from the very beginning opposed the policy of neo-conservatives and it is on this platform won: he promised to reduce the direct intervention of the United States in those regions where, in his opinion, America has no priority of strategic interests, including in Ukraine. He also promised to take a course in the direction of the new “detente” and cooperation with Moscow.However, as we have learned from recent testimony in Congress, almost all the key figures of his own national security Council did not share the views of trump and, in fact, were opposed to his policies. We can confidently say this in relation to Fiona hill and Lieutenant Colonel Alex Windman. They both, apparently, were ready for the extremely risky military confrontation with Russia over Ukraine, although it is not entirely clear whether this position is a result of the annexation of Crimea by Moscow in 2014, or it must be explained by more common causes.Similarly, trump was in no hurry to revoke a professional employee of the diplomatic service, Marie Yovanovitch, appointed as President Obama’s Ambassador in Kiev, who made it clear, despite its official state mission in Kiev that she does not share the views of a new American President to Ukraine or Russia. In other words, the President trump was surrounded in his own administration, even in the White House, opponents of his foreign policy, and, quite possibly, not only in relation to Ukraine.How could such an unusual and unfortunate situation? One of the variants of the clues may lie in the fact that it was the work of John Bolton, a short time served as an Advisor to trump on national security. But that doesn’t explain why the President dutifully taken on and endured for so long such appointees.A more likely explanation is that trump did it on purpose. He was hoping that by surrounding himself with anti-Russian-minded hardliners, it will put an end to the accusations within the endless “relegate”, but hopes were not justified. For three years they hang a sword of Damocles over the head of the President and, for some obscure reason, trump has been and remains a “Kremlin stooge”. Despite the fact that the report of spectracolor Mueller was largely exculpatory, political enemies of the trump, especially Democrats, but not only do they continue to accuse him of collusion with Moscow.Of interest is the wider question: who is responsible for American foreign policy, the elected President or the permanent foreign policy establishment of Washington? It’s hardly “the secret deep state” because its representatives appear on the screens of CNN and MSNBC almost every night. Democrats today seem to believe that the right to form foreign policy belongs to the establishment, not the President Trump. But if even now most members of the establishment do not hide their views, in keeping with the spirit of the cold war, what will happen when the White house is a Democrat? After all, in the end, ever trump will leave his post, but the Washington “hawks club”, as they were called, even the assistant of Barack Obama remain.

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