During his presidency, Trump has repeatedly bullied allies, from NATO partners in Europe to South Korea and Japan in the Pacific, while abandoning others. — Ryan Pickrell, Senior Pentagon Reporter, Business Insider
During his presidency, Trump has repeatedly bullied allies, from NATO partners in Europe to South Korea and Japan in the Pacific, while abandoning others. — Ryan Pickrell, Senior Pentagon Reporter, Business Insider
Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says Biden should toss all of Trump's 'America First' policies
  • Former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis rebuked President Donald Trump's "America First" policy in an Foreign Affairs article he co-authored with three other people.
  • The authors argued that the Trump administration is undermining an international order that is to America's advantage by devaluing the role allies and international institutions play in securing American interests.
  • They wrote that they hope that Biden's team "will quickly revise the national security strategy to eliminate 'America first' from its contents."
Arguing that "America First" is essentially "America alone" and is a threat to US interests, the authors said the US is currently "undermining the foundations of an international order manifestly advantageous to US interests, reflecting a basic ignorance of the extent to which both robust alliances and international institutions provide vital strategic depth."

The four authors wrote that the "principal external threat the United States faces today is an aggressive and revisionist China," who they said is "the only challenger that could potentially undermine the American way of life." To secure US interests, they write, the US will need a credible forward military strategy, as well as a robust network of strong alliances.

During his presidency, Trump has repeatedly bullied allies, from NATO partners in Europe to South Korea and Japan in the Pacific, while abandoning others.

Mattis resigned from his position as secretary of defense in December 2018 over disagreements with Trump, and his resignation letter, which stressed the importance of alliances and recognizing who US adversaries are, was seen as a clear rebuke of the president's America First policies.