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Robert Daly on What the Trump Administration Should Focus on in the First 100 Days

February 2, 2017

"In the first hundred days, I think what I would most like to see vis-a-vis China and everywhere else is this administration do what other administrations do: staff up; get your people in place, get foreign policy professionals -- obviously foreign policy professionals of your stripe -- in place, and then conduct a serious policy review world wide, regional, and country by country, and conduct side-by-side with that a self-audit of what our interests are and what our real capabilities are. Then decide, and then issue tweets.  Regarding  modus operandi, as regarding everything else in this Trump administration, we’re going to see an evolution, we’re going to see people come and go, and we’re going to see positions walked back. This is normal whenever there’s a transition. It may be more extreme in this case. The administration will increasingly run into things like facts, history, the existence of other nations, that you can’t walk or talk your way around. There’s going to have to be a retrenchment. Staff up, and do the policy review. "


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Robert Daly

Director, Kissinger Institute on China and the United States

Robert Daly, the Director of the Wilson Center’s Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, has compiled an unusually diverse portfolio of high-level work: He has served as a U.S. diplomat in Beijing; as an interpreter for Chinese and U.S. leaders, including President Carter and Secretary of State Kissinger; as head of China programs at Johns Hopkins, Syracuse, and the University of Maryland; and as a producer of Chinese-language versions of Sesame Street. Recognized East and West as a leading authority on Sino-U.S. relations, he has testified before Congress, lectured widely in both countries, and regularly offers analysis for top media outlets.

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