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EP #13 Trump and COVID-19 Pandemic: The Worst Time for U.S. Foreign Policy?

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Trump administration is attacked by the huge storm of COVID-19 pandemic and not only affecting its domestic politics but also the direction of U.S. foreign policy. The world is expecting the active U.S. leadership in fighting against COVID-19, however, the facts show the opposite. The pandemic also has revealed flaws in geopolitical structures as well as domestic political systems around the world. While there is a trend of stronger isolationism, authoritarianism and economic nationalism, what is the U.S. position?
Domestically, what would happen to the 2020 presidential election? How much damage has been done by the COVID-19 pandemic to Trump’s position? If Trump is not re-elected as the U.S. President and VP Joe Biden is elected. What do we expect in terms of changes in US foreign policy?
I explored those questions with Ambassador Robert O. Blake, Jr., former U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia, and U.S. Co-Chair of the United States-Indonesia Society (USINDO).