The Trump administration has:
- Reversed course on measures designed to bring drone use out of the shadows and make it more responsible. It has expanded the possible targets of armed strikes by eliminating the requirement that the person pose an “imminent threat” and has loosened the requirement of “near certainty” that the target is present at the time of the strike to “reasonable certainty,” all while refusing to confirm or deny that changes to such policies and procedures have been made.
- Increased the frequency and geographic scope of lethal drone strikes, especially in areas where stricter rules around the use of force were previously in place. Between 2009 and 2017, President Obama authorized more than 550 strikes in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and elsewhere. In his first year in office, President Trump authorized more than 80 strikes in those three countries alone.
- Lowered the threshold for strike-decisions and broadened the