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President Trump's full foreign policy plate

The President has his plate full when it comes to foreign policy. (Sinclair Broadcast Group)

On the campaign trail, President Trump promised to focus on America first.

“If I become president the era of nation building will be brought to a very swift and decisive end,” Trump said during a speech in August.

Fast forward to now and the pieces on the global chessboard are piling up.

From the "mother of all bombs" in Afghanistan to airstrikes in Syria to warships making their way to the Korean peninsula, with the President trying to get a previously unwilling Chinese President Xi Jinping to cooperate.

“I said, the way you're gonna make a good trade deal is to help us with North Korea. Otherwise, we're just gonna go it alone," the President said during a news conference on Wednesday.

Meanwhile relations with Russia at a “low point,” according to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

“The world's two foremost nuclear powers cannot have this kind of relationship," he said during a joint press conference this week with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

The relationship is strained in large part due to Russia’s continued partnership with Syria, a country whose president now flatly denies involvement in a chemical weapons attack.

“We don’t have any of these chemical weapons. We gave up our arsenal 3 years ago,” Assad told AFPTV.

So how heavy of a foreign policy load is this for a president?

“I think it is fair to wonder whether it is difficult for the president to balance all these foreign policy challenges while also trying to reform healthcare also trying to reform the tax code,” said Jonathan Schanzer, Senior Vice President of The Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

Schanzer said it’s important to remember none of the foreign policy challenges Trump is facing are new and many of the problems were inherited. So why the change of heart by President Trump?

“I think you see the president to feel responsible for the activities that take place on the world stage. The president looks around and sees that he or she is the last line of defense,” Schanzer said.

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