It was no secret that had Hillary Clinton and the Democrats prevailed in the November election, they would have heightened tensions with Russia even further than they’ve become under the Obama administration, equaling or surpassing Cold War levels. The Clinton campaign’s idea of promoting a “no-fly zone” in Syria could have ultimately led to a direct hot war with Russia.
Many who voted for Trump latched onto his criticism of the Iraq War and his warm embrace of Russian President Vladimir Putin as signs he’d be less hawkish than Hillary. But that assessment could all be changing as Trump, either purposely or out of sheer inexperience, just provoked the single greatest threat to the United States and U.S. interests: China.
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