President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, has been in the Oval office for approximately six months. These six months have entailed events that have been very consequential for the international community.
Putting aside domestic issues caused by the Trump administration, the problems Trump must deal with outside of American borders are equally important in a 21st century world. In such a pivotal era in history, the way in which Trump goes about international problems cannot be taken lightly.
In October of 2016, the fight for Mosul, Iraq began.
Mosul is located within northwestern Iraq, and was the capital of the Islamic State before the victory of the Iraqi government and its allies took back the city on July 10th, 2017.
The city was left in ruins. According to Iraq and the United Nations, over 920 thousand people were displaced in the eight-month period.
When asked about Mosul on the campaign trail, Trump claimed "about three years ago, I started reading that they want to get the leaders and they're going to attack Mosul. Whatever happened to the element of surprise, okay?"
Failing to answer the question asked, Trump had ignorantly bashed the way America and its allies had handled the situation in Mosul. However, when victory was claimed eight months later, President Trump said in a statement "the victory in Mosul [signals ISIS'] days in Iraq and Syria are numbered," praising Prime Minister al-Abadi.
Trump has been carving a path out of the Iran nuclear deal without a result. Recently, he instructed his national security aides to find a reason to claim Iran has violated the deal.
American officials warn that there will either be new negotiations or the United States will be expected to leave the deal entirely based on suspicions of violation.
What's the consequence? For the Iranians, it leads to the White House declares Tehran in violation of the deal. This means old American sanctions are to be re-established on Iran, which originally crippled the Iranian economy.
For Americans, it means a larger risk of enemies.
While on the topic of dangerous enemies, let's talk about another Asian country - North Korea.
This past Friday, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea launched a missile into the Sea of Japan. South Korean and Japanese intelligence suspect it was the test of an ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile).
Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary, Yoshihide Suga, claimed the missile was in the air for approximately 45 minutes and landed in one of Japan's economic water zones.
As the threat of the rogue North Korean nation rises by the day, Trump has attempted to deflect blame onto China and Russia with a frustrated response from both the Kremlin and Beijing.
Trump continues to pressure Chinese president, Xi Jinping, on doing more to stop the North Korean regime with little success.
Iraq, Iran, and North Korea have all been thorns in America's side for decades, but what makes everything so crucial now?
Donald Trump has the capacity to inflict a dangerous situation and has the power to do so as president of the United States. All eyes are on the Trump administration, yet they have proven that they are incapable of providing safe and re-assuring solutions for Americans and the rest of the world.