The "America First" president who vowed to extricate the U.S. from onerous overseas commitments is warming to global agreements, AP's Matt Lee and Josh Lederman write:
- Get smart fast: "From NAFTA to the Iran nuclear agreement to the Paris climate accord, ... Trump's campaign rhetoric is colliding with the reality of governing. Despite repeated pledges to rip up, renegotiate or otherwise alter them, the U.S. has yet to withdraw from any of these economic, environmental or national security deals..."
- The takeaway: "[W]ith one exception — an Asia-Pacific trade deal ... — Trump's administration quietly has laid the groundwork to honor the international architecture of deals it has inherited."
- P.S. from WashPost: "[T]he normally meticulous care that goes into formulating and coordinating U.S. government policy positions or even simple statements is often absent."