Kissinger says Trump could be a ‘very consequential’ president
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.”