Trump’s Empty Foreign Policy Speech

Trump’s Empty Foreign Policy Speech April 28, 2016

Donald Trump finally gave that much-anticipated “serious” speech on foreign policy, using the same teleprompter that he has hammered Obama for using. But even though it was a pre-written talk that has taken weeks and weeks to prepare, it was little more than a slogan: “America first.” How profound.


Trump’s speech, delivered with a teleprompter in a staid Washington hotel ballroom, was an attempt to show he can be more presidential and move past the rancorous rhetoric that he routinely uses on the campaign trail.

“It is time to shake the rust off of America’s foreign policy. It’s time to invite new voices and new visions into the fold,” he said in a speech that savaged the foreign policy of Democratic President Barack Obama as a disaster…

His foreign policy speech echoed that populist message: depicting a need to ease the U.S. financial burden overseas, focus more on nation-building at home and make sure American companies pay a price for outsourcing jobs to countries where labor is cheaper.

“My foreign policy will always put the interests of the American people, and American security, above all else. That will be the foundation of every decision that I will make,” Trump said. “‘America first’ will be the major and overriding theme of my administration.”

Boy, that’s original. Guess who used it first? Pro-Nazi Charles Lindbergh, who created the America First Committee to defend Hitler’s aggression and criticize Jews who were advocating that America get involved in WW2.

Jon Alterman, director of the Middle East program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank in Washington, said Trump’s speech did not contain enough details to call it a strategy.

“Ultimately, he’s selling a dream and he’s still not offering a plan. He’s representing the sales office, but he’s given no clue of who will be the architect and who will do the construction,” he said.

Trump? Make empty claims based on nothing but meaningless platitudes? How surprising.

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