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Can President Trump Undo Obama’s Legacy?

Can President Trump Undo Obama’s Legacy?

On this special edition of The E.R., David Rothkopf, Ben Pauker, Lara Jakes, and the Financial Times’s Ed Luce gather to sift through what most thought was unthinkable — a Donald Trump presidency. Now that the inconceivable is a reality, the panel takes a look at what lies ahead for our country, and for the world.

What went so awry for the Hillary Clinton campaign? Was it the baggage and lack of a compelling message that deterred voters? Or were we all just underestimating the enthusiasm for Donald Trump? While Clinton reached out to various groups of minorities, Trump appealed to the struggling middle class, and that ultimately could have been the fatal blow that knocked out Hillary.

The conversation then turns to the Trump presidency. With names like Jeff Sessions, Newt Gingrich, and Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn being thrown around as top officials to join the administration, how will Trump’s closest advisors determine the course of policy?

While it may be difficult to predict what a Trump foreign policy will actually look like, the panel focuses on a few that are bound to take the spotlight both at the White House and on Capitol Hill. From Trump’s general affection toward Putin to the U.S. stance in Syria; from the apparently imminent demise of the Iran deal to renegotiating NAFTA and TPP, Trump’s first 100 days will seek to unravel the legacies of the Obama administration. It’s too late for crying; the transition of power has begun.

Ed Luce is the Financial Times’s chief U.S. commentator and columnist based in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter at: @EdwardGLuce.

Ben Pauker is the executive editor of ForeignPolicy.com. Follow him on Twitter at: @benpauker.

Lara Jakes is FP’s managing editor for news. Follow her on Twitter at: @larajakesFP.

David Rothkopf is the CEO and editor of the FP Group. Follow him on Twitter: @djrothkopf.

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