Trump’s Asia pivot was the centerpiece of his campaign and the centerpiece in the White House’s efforts to woo the Pacific Rim nations to the United States, which he called “a land of opportunity” and “the world’s greatest nation.”
The pivot had been underway for several months, but in the summer of 2019, the president began talking about it as a “pivot to China,” in a way that was far removed from his previous pronouncements.
In August, Trump announced that he would be withdrawing U.S. forces from South Korea.
At the time, China and Japan were threatening to retaliate against South Korea, and Trump had not yet responded to that threat.
Trump then announced that China and the United Arab Emirates would be joining the U.K. in a military deal to help them defeat ISIS.
The plan was to build a missile defense system in South Korea that would be integrated into the existing U.Y.S.-U.
S-UAE alliance, which has been the cornerstone of U.N. peacekeeping operations in the region.
But in October, China launched an anti-ship ballistic missile that exploded over the Yellow Sea, and it was the start of a global diplomatic crisis.
Within days, Trump had withdrawn U.A.E. troops from the Korean Peninsula.
As the White, House and Pentagon tried to make sense of the new reality, Trump, who had repeatedly talked about China as an “enemy,” was increasingly isolated.
On March 15, 2020, Trump signed an executive order barring new immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, including Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Iran, Libya and Somalia.
“We are suspending immigration from any country that does not have the ability to vet refugees thoroughly and that has not fully met the requirements for admission,” Trump said.
During a news conference, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended the move, saying, “Our country needs to have strong borders, and we need to have a strong border.”
On April 4, 2020 Trump announced a series of executive orders, including a ban on travel from Syria, a ban against Syrian refugees and the imposition of sanctions on Iranian entities and individuals.
This is the day Trump is sworn in as president.
More than two weeks later, Trump and the military moved in.
Withdrawing from the United Nations, the United Kingdom, France and Germany, Trump was moving the U-2 spy plane, which was used to monitor Russia’s nuclear weapons programs, to the White Tower.
Meanwhile, Trump also decided to put a ban in place on all refugees from six countries: Iran, Iraq and Libya.
Then on March 29, 2020 a U.P.C. airstrike on a compound in the Syrian city of Daraa killed at least 100 people.
By that evening, Trump’s national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, had sent a letter to the State Department, the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, telling them that Trump would “consider all options to protect Americans and allies from terrorism.”
The order to the agencies was met with skepticism.
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters, “It’s really a red flag.
This is not a national security threat.”
At a White House news conference the next day, McMaster said, “We have not identified any specific country that we believe to be a threat.”
But that day, the State and Homeland Security departments confirmed that the ban had been lifted.
Shortly after the airstrike, the New York Times reported that Trump was considering a ban that would have targeted the entire Muslim world, including Muslims.
While the president and his allies were scrambling to make a case for his move, the media was still digging into the origins of the Syrian conflict, which began in 2011.
After a Syrian regime airstrike on the Uyghur village of Drouhail killed several civilians in April 2020, the Uighurs and their allies launched a deadly offensive against government forces.
Many Uighur fighters, including some who had been in Syria to support the Uprising, joined ISIS, which seized large swathes of the region from Syrian government forces and the Russian-backed Kurdish militia.
It was then that the U,S.
and its allies began a campaign of drone strikes in the war zone.
Between March 2020 and April 2021, U.C.-San Diego researchers documented more than 500 civilian deaths in U.B.K.-held areas.
Around the same time, Trump issued a new order that would allow U.F.O. aircraft to operate in Uighuri-controlled areas.
Trump’s new order called for the UAVs to be used to “counter any and all threats” to Uighuran rights and “protect the safety and security of Uighura citizens.” By