Kissinger says Trump could be a ‘very con­se­quen­tial’ pres­i­dent

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Brad­ford Richardson

For­mer Sec­re­tary of State Henry Kissinger says Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump could go down as one of the most con­se­quen­tial pres­i­dents in his­tory be­cause of the rad­i­cal shift he rep­re­sents from the es­tab­lished world or­der.

“I be­lieve he has the pos­si­bil­ity of go­ing down in his­tory as a very con­sid­er­able pres­i­dent,” Mr. Kissinger said in an in­ter­view that aired Sun­day on CBS’ “Face the Na­tion.”

He said the power vac­uum left by Amer­ica’s with­drawal from the in­ter­na­tional stage un­der Pres­i­dent Obama gives Mr. Trump the chance to craft a last­ing for­eign pol­icy that breaks sig­nif­i­cantly from the sta­tus quo.

“Here is a new pres­i­dent who is ask­ing a lot of un­fa­mil­iar ques­tions, and be­cause of the com­bi­na­tion of the par­tial vac­uum and the new ques­tions, one could imag­ine that some­thing re­mark­able and new emerges out of it,” Mr. Kissinger said.

Mr. Kissinger, who met with Mr. Trump shortly af­ter the elec­tion, said the pres­i­dent-elect “op­er­ates by a kind of in­stinct that is a dif­fer­ent form of anal­y­sis as my more aca­demic one.”


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