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12/20/2016 9:04:05 PM

Kissinger: Trump could be a ‘very considerable president’

(VNF) - Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger says President-elect Donald Trump could go down as one of the most consequential presidents in history due to the radical shift he represents from the established world order.

"Donald Trump is a phenomenon that foreign countries haven't seen," Henry Kissinger said. (Photo: Getty)

"Donald Trump is a phenomenon that foreign countries haven't seen. So, it is a shocking experience to them that he came into office. At the same time, extraordinary opportunity," Kissinger said in an interview aired Sunday (Dec. 18th) on CBS' "Face the Nation."

"And I believe he has the possibility of going down in history as a very considerable president."

The new Republican president's "unfamiliar questions" could fill a vacuum left by President Barack Obama, who "basically withdrew" America from international politics, said Kissinger, who served enormous roles under two Republican presidents, Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.

“Here is a new president who is asking a lot of unfamiliar questions, and because of the combination of the partial vacuum and the new questions, one could imagine that something remarkable and new emerges out of it,” Mr. Kissinger said. “I’m not saying it will; I’m saying it’s an extraordinary opportunity.”

Mr. Kissinger, who met with Mr. Trump in New York shortly after the election, said the president-elect’s foreign policy will rely more on instinct than theory./.

  ( Compiled by VNF )
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