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Trump Is the 'P.T. Barnum of Foreign Policy,' Blasts CNN Panelist

William Hartung, the director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy, insisting Trump is engaged in the 'mother of all distractions'

CNN's "New Day" panel discusses Donald Trump's military actions in Syria and Afghanistan, April 17, 2017.
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CNN's "New Day" panel discussed the policy implications of U.S. President Donald Trump's latest military actions in Afghanistan and Syria with William Hartung, the director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy, insisting that Trump is engaged in the "mother of all distractions."

“It’s kind of a P.T. Barnum foreign policy,” Hartung said. “Look what I’ve done here, look what I’ve done there, look over there. But none of them has had any real kind of military effect. In fact, in Syria, they were using the airfield the next day. In Afghanistan, one bomb is not going to change the problem. The preemptive threats in North Korea didn’t work, in terms of the missile. I think he is trying to project toughness, that he’s the new sheriff in town, different from President Barack Obama. But, in fact, none of these things is dramatic unless, of course, he escalates, in which case we could be in trouble.”

“Is there a new Trump doctrine in the making, or has the president simply found a formula for distracting the public and the media from his troubles at home?” Hartung was making the same arguement he had previously written in an op-ed for CNN