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    Donald Trump Elected 45th US President (281)

    The Republicans’ control of both chambers of the Congress and the White House is unlikely to result in more US hawkishness, as president-elect Donald Trump has made it clear he would not follow the foreign policy of George W. Bush or Barack Obama, Bipartisan Policy Center Director John Fortier told Sputnik.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The one-party rule comes for the first time since the term of George W. Bush, who was famous for hawkish foreign policy decisions, like the war in Iraq in 2003.

    "Trump tried to distinguish himself from both Presidents Bush and Obama. He noted that he was uncomfortable with President Bush’s decision to go to war in Iraq, but he also faulted President Obama for pulling out of Iraq too quickly and allowing the rise of Daesh. And he has emphasized caution in America getting too involved in conflicts in the world, except when there is a more direct threat to America and American interests, such as with the rise of Daesh. … He has not set himself up to be a follower of President Bush," Fortier said.

    In his campaign pledges, Trump repeatedly emphasized that the war against Daesh must be closer coordinated with Russia. He also stated the involvement in Iraq was a mistake.

    Despite the total GOP control of the US establishment since now, it might turn out to be not so easy for Donald Trump to push his agenda forward due to the split in the Republican party over the personality of the president-elect.

    "Republican control of the presidency and the Congress will mean that Donald Trump will have a chance to get some of his agenda through Congress. But there are some strong differences between his positions and some of the Republicans in Congress, so it will require some negotiation on his part," Fortier said.

    Trump won the presidential race on Tuesday with 290 electoral votes against his rival Hillary Clinton's 232. The inauguration will be held on January 20, 2017.

    The GOP also cemented its control of both houses of Congress for at least the next two years.

    Donald Trump Elected 45th US President (281)


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