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Apr 22, 2020

Donald Trump ran his 2016 presidential campaign on ending America’s endless wars. But throughout his presidency, he has increased military deployments in the Middle East and threatened conflicts with Iran, Venezuela, China, and North Korea. And now, he has declared war on the coronavirus. Does this make Trump a hawkish commander-in-chief? Or, has he lived up to his promise to wind down wars and not start new ones? What kind of national security leader is he? This week, Mark Hannah digs into Trump’s foreign policy legacy with Vox reporter Alex Ward. According to Alex, while Trump’s foreign policy record may seem two-sided, there is an abiding ideology. In fact, Alex argues Trump’s foreign policy legacy may even prove to be a political strength in the 2020 presidential election. 

Alex Ward is the staff writer for international security and defense at Vox and co-hosts its “Worldly” podcast. He is based in Washington, DC. @AlexWardVox