Trump is now forging foreign policy on his own

US Defence Secretary James Mattis' resignation confirms that President Donald Trump is now forging foreign policy essentially on his own.

Stemming on its face from Mr Trump's decision, announced on Twitter, to remove US military forces from Syria, in fact Mr Trump has signalled displeasure with Mr Mattis and the bipartisan foreign policy consensus he championed.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 22, 2018, with the headline 'Trump is now forging foreign policy on his own'. Print Edition | Subscribe