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Trump sacking of Bolton comes at critical time

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By Andrew Hammond

Donald Trump sacked his national security adviser John Bolton last week. The sacking of the hawkish Bolton, Trump's third such adviser, comes as the president is now entering a critical few weeks for his foreign policy which will determine whether he enters his re-election year on the crest of a wave, or facing a further setback.

Trump has proven at least a partial exception to most presidents in the modern era who have tended to put predominant emphasis on domestic policy in their first few years of office. To be sure, Trump's sole major legislative success, his corporate tax cuts of 2017, also came during his first three years.

Yet, he has also placed very significant emphasis on foreign policy too during his presidency, from China to North Korea, and Iran to Russia. Not to mention a series of big plays around multilateral trade from the proposed new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement through to pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal with around a dozen other countries in the Asia-Pacific and Americas.

This pattern looks set to continue, and may only intensify. Looking into next year, the United States is for instance hosting next year's G7, which will occupy a significant amount of White House attention, especially with Trump........

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