Excerpts from Donald Trump Foreign Policy Speech in Washington, DC at the Center for the National Interest, 4/27/16
4/27/16, "Donald J. Trump Foreign Policy Speech," DonaldJTrump.com
"Since the end of the Cold War and the break-up of the Soviet Union, we’ve lacked a coherent foreign policy.
One day we’re bombing Libya and getting rid of a dictator to foster
democracy for civilians, the next day we are watching the same civilians
suffer while that country falls apart.
We’re a humanitarian nation. But the legacy of the Obama-Clinton interventions will be weakness, confusion, and disarray.
We have made the Middle East more unstable and chaotic than ever before.
We left Christians subject to intense persecution and even genocide.
Our actions in Iraq, Libya and Syria have helped unleash ISIS.
And we’re in a war against radical Islam, but President Obama won’t even name the enemy!
Hillary Clinton also refuses to say the words “radical Islam,” even as she pushes for a massive increase in refugees....
To all our friends and allies, I say America is going to be strong
again. America is going to be a reliable friend and ally again.
We’re going to finally have a coherent foreign policy based upon American interests, and the shared interests of our allies.
We are getting out of the nation-building business, and instead focusing on creating stability in the world.
Our moments of greatest strength came when politics ended at the water’s edge....
Finally, we must develop a foreign policy based on American interests.
Businesses do not succeed when they lose sight of their core interests and neither do countries.
Look at what happened in the 1990s. Our embassies in Kenya and
Tanzania were attacked and seventeen brave sailors were killed on the
USS Cole. And what did we do? It seemed we put more effort into adding
China to the World Trade Organization – which has been a disaster for
the United States – than into stopping Al Qaeda....
Our foreign policy goals must be based on America’s core national security interests, and the following will be my priorities.
In the Middle East, our goals must be to defeat terrorists and
promote regional stability, not radical change. We need to be
clear-sighted about the groups that will never be anything other than
And we must only be generous to those that prove they are our friends.
We desire to live peacefully and in friendship with Russia and China.
We have serious differences with these two nations, and must regard
them with open eyes. But we are not bound to be adversaries. We should
seek common ground based on shared interests. Russia, for instance, has
also seen the horror of Islamic terrorism.
I believe an easing of tensions and improved relations with Russia –
from a position of strength – is possible. Common sense says this cycle
of hostility must end. Some say the Russians won’t be reasonable. I
intend to find out. If we can’t make a good deal for America, then we
will quickly walk from the table.
Fixing our relations with China is another important step towards a
prosperous century. China respects strength, and by letting them take
advantage of us economically, we have lost all of their respect.
a massive trade deficit with China, a deficit we must find a way,
quickly, to balance.
A strong and smart America is an America that will find a better
friend in China. We can both benefit or we can both go our separate
After I am elected President, I will also call for a summit with our
NATO allies, and a separate summit with our Asian allies. In these
summits, we will not only discuss a rebalancing of financial
commitments, but take a fresh look at how we can adopt new strategies
for tackling our common challenges.
For instance, we will discuss how we can upgrade NATO’s outdated
mission and structure – grown out of the Cold War – to confront our
shared challenges, including migration and Islamic terrorism....
My goal is to establish a foreign policy that will endure for several generations.
That is why I will also look for talented experts with new
approaches, and practical ideas, rather than surrounding myself with
those who have perfect resumes but very little to brag about except
responsibility for a long history of failed policies and continued
losses at war.
Finally, I will work with our allies to reinvigorate Western values
and institutions. Instead of trying to spread “universal values” that
not everyone shares, we should understand that strengthening and
promoting Western civilization and its accomplishments will do more to
inspire positive reforms around the world than military interventions.
These are my goals, as president.
I will seek a foreign policy that all Americans, whatever their
party, can support, and which our friends and allies will respect and
The world must know that we do not go abroad in search of enemies,
that we are always happy when old enemies become friends, and when old
friends become allies.
To achieve these goals, Americans must have confidence in their country and its leadership again.
Many Americans must wonder why our politicians seem more interested
in defending the borders of foreign countries than their own.
Americans must know that we are putting the American people first
again. On trade, on immigration, on foreign policy – the jobs, incomes
and security of the American worker will always be my first priority.
No country has ever prospered that failed to put its own interests
first. Both our friends and enemies put their countries above ours and
we, while being fair to them, must do the same.
We will no longer surrender this country, or its people, to the false song of globalism. The nation-state remains the true foundation for happiness and
harmony. I am skeptical of international unions that tie us up and bring
America down, and will never enter America into any agreement that
reduces our ability to control our own affairs.
NAFTA, as an example, has been a total disaster for the U.S. and has
emptied our states of our manufacturing and our jobs. Never again. Only
the reverse will happen. We will keep our jobs and bring in new ones.
Their will be consequences for companies that leave the U.S. only to
exploit it later.
Under a Trump Administration, no American citizen will ever again
feel that their needs come second to the citizens of foreign countries.
I will view the world through the clear lens of American interests. I
will be America’s greatest defender and most loyal champion. We
will not apologize for becoming successful again, but will instead
embrace the unique heritage that makes us who we are.
The world is most peaceful, and most prosperous, when America is strongest.
America will continually play the role of peacemaker.
We will always help to save lives and, indeed, humanity itself. But to play that role, we must make America strong again.
We must make America respected again. And we must make America great again.
If we do that, perhaps this century can be the most peaceful and prosperous the world has ever known. Thank you."
Comment: You mean innocent Americans won't be forced to play the sap for the US and global political class and pay all their bills?
As Humphrey Bogart said to a tearful Mary Astor in The Maltese Falcon: "I Won't Play The Sap For You" -
At 1:49 in clip from MovieClips.com
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Highlights from Trump Foreign Policy Speech, 4/27/16, at Center for the National Interest in Washington, DC: 'We will no longer surrender this country, or its people, to the false song of globalism. The nation-state remains the true foundation for happiness and harmony....I will work with our allies to reinvigorate Western values and institutions'
Posted by susan at 2:36 AM