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Trump represents a tradition of 'xenophobic isolationism': Analyst

US President Donald Trump's administration represents a tradition of “xenophobic isolationism” which is different from conventional GOP foreign policy, and may curb US imperialism, says a political analyst from Virginia.

“We have this isolationist tradition that is very xenophobic in the sense that we tend to view the rest of the world as somehow inferior or somehow contaminated and this idea that Americans are somehow superior, culturally or politically or economically, or whatever, that is a very deep seated tendency in American culture, at least amongst certain sectors. And Donald Trump’s administration in some ways reflects that point of view,” Keith Preston, chief editor of told Press TV on Friday.

Preston pointed that such a xenophobic view could ironically undermine American imperial power and hegemony in the world as it contradicts the expansionist policies of former presidents George Bush and Barack Obama.

According to a new report by the world's largest political risk consultancy group, Eurasia, Donald Trump’s America First policy will decrease Washington’s influence on the world stage in 2018.

“The decline of US influence in the world will accelerate in 2018,” reads the study released Tuesday by the Eurasia Group,

The report said Trump’s unilateral approach to foreign policy is in stark contrast to the policies of former US Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

Preston stated the Eurasia consultancy group which authored the recent report is influenced by expansionist neo-cons who are displeased with any sort of policy, including Trump-style isolationism based on xenophobic American nationalism that would undermine US hegemony.  

The chief editor of Attack the System argued that both the Bush and Obama administrations had their wars and expansionist policies but “the Trump administration is actually trying to pull back from this not so much because they are opposed to American imperialism as much as they are xenophobic and perhaps this has the unintended consequence, in the sense that it undermines this kind of imperial expansionism and it does create open spaces for a more multi-polar world to develop… .”   



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