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How Barack Obama Can Still Set the Tone for Trump’s Presidency

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Trump and Obama meet in White House to prepare for transition - Citizen Slant

While it’s been a week since the election results were announced, they are still settling in for most people across the country, as well as around the world. President-elect Donald Trump is in the process of completing his transition into power, but he’s not the only one.

President Barack Obama has repeatedly and openly expressed doubt that Trump could come close to winning the presidency, but now he must reassure those who are having trouble coming to grips with it.

According to a report from Politico, Obama is described as Trump’s “first ambassador.”

“Now President Barack Obama is setting out on what was supposed to be a fun post-election farewell trip to Greece and Germany with not just his entire domestic record at risk of being gutted by President-elect Donald Trump, but transatlantic new order he cultivated is in the midst of being rejected.”

Above all else, our country’s reputation depends on Obama’s ability to steer Trump in the right direction. Given the weight that Trump’s presidency brings to the table, one of the chief concerns from day one is foreign policy. While Mr. Trump claims that we’ll have “great relationships” with countries that show interest in returning the favor, it’s certainly easier said than done.

Politico went on to outline the way that President Obama defined the role of the leader of the free world.

“One of the great things about the United States is that when it comes to world affairs, the president obviously is the leader of the executive branch, the commander-in-chief, the spokesperson for the nation…”

The aggressive tone with which Trump campaigned highlights the importance of a calm, collected response from Obama.

Other world leaders will be watching how this transition develops, and none more closely perhaps than Vladimir Putin. Both the Russian leader and President-elect Trump share the common ground of wanting to take the fight to ISIS in the Middle East.

While Trump has taken a much more blunt approach, the reality is that a coalition effort would need to proceed with caution.

Many Trump supporters sought to elect him because they yearned for a business man, rather than a polished, career politician. These people see having a business man in office as being beneficial — meaning an increase in trading opportunities and a focus on the growth of the economy. However, there are cons to this approach as well.

A major issue that Trump could have when dealing with foreign leaders is coming to a common ground that wasn’t meant on his terms. In negotiations that come up under his term in office, Trump will hopefully maintain the best interests of the country at all times.

But in defeat, Trump must know when to simply walk away from the table.

President Obama has served as a shining example of how to do that, but the flip side of this is that foreign leaders must be ready for what they’ll be receiving.

This is yet another reason to stress the importance of the two months time before Trump is officially inaugurated.

The thoughts and opinions expressed here are solely those of the contributor and do not necessarily reflect the views of Citizen Slant.

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