The Process of Developing Policies: The President and Foreign Affairs

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Harry Truman was once asked ‘who made US foreign policy’ he simply replied ‘I do’ . The United State president has always put the issue of foreign affairs to the fore front in order to retain the superpower America is. Although the President is viewed as the key decision maker in foreign policy the executive branch is not the only branch involved in determining the course of American foreign policy. The process of developing policies is of great importance to the branches involved because the United states government has the power to influence the lives of many people through the polices. While it’s believed that the president determines foreign policy, it has been said my many scholars who work in the field of constitutional law that…show more content…
European intervention in Latin America resurfaced as in issue in U.S. foreign policy which became a focus of his attention in 1902 and has often been characterized as the ‘big stick’. European governments began to use force to collect debt from debt ridden countries this animosity encouraged Roosevelt to step in and issue his corollary which he tied to the Monroe doctrine. Roosevelt stated linking his corollary to the Monroe Doctrine justifies the United States in exercising ‘International Police power’ and American intervention in the western hemisphere to put an end to chronic unrest or wrongdoing in the western hemisphere. This involvement just goes to show how much influence the president has on foreign policy decision because Roosevelt was ruthless with congress and often going against their rulings to achieve his policies. Joseph Nye states ‘He succeeded in transforming the way the US was perceived and acted globally as a power but not in transforming the way the public saw their role in the world’
It could be argued that the leap forward in American Foreign Policy was initiated by Roosevelt. This leads me on to another president who exercised his presidential influence in foreign
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