Trump vows to put 'America First' in foreign policy

Trump outlines 'America First' foreign policy

Donald Trump's first major foreign policy address alarmed American allies, who view the Republican front runner's repeated invocation of an "America first" agenda as a threat to retreat from the world.

In Donald Trump's first scripted speech about foreign relations in Mayflower Hotel in Washington D.C. promised a "disciplined, deliberate and consistent foreign policy".

Trump was particularly withering in his critique of Obama's foreign policy, saying the president had let China take advantage of the United States and not been able to persuade Beijing to rein in North Korea. Trump also made a big point about how opposed he supposedly was to the Iraq War, once again ignoring that Barack Obama was more clearly and earlier on the right side of that issue than Trump was.

He carefully read a speech somebody else had written, demonstrated both by his lack of familiarity with the content - he pronounced Tanzania as "Tan-ZANY-uh" - and by its un-Trumpian phrases such as "the false song of globalism" and "the clear lens of American interests".

If there is a dominant thread in Trump's speeches, said Peter Trubowitz at the London School of Economics and Political Science, it's that "the US needs to scale back in its worldwide commitments, and that those commitments have been too much of a one-way street, favoring America's allies". There were no "Lyin' Ted" references or mocking of John Kasich's eating habits. We've had a president who dislikes our friends and bows to our enemies, something that we've never seen before in the history of our country. "America is going to be a reliable friend and ally again". 'We are totally predictable.

Yet some in the Arab world, noting Trump's suggestion that he would be more neutral in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict than his predecessors, said he might be better placed to broker a peace deal. "It is the cheapest investment we can make".

Trump said in a foreign-policy speech in Washington on April 27 that although the United States had "serious differences" with Russian Federation, he thought it was possible to ease the current tensions with Moscow "from a position of strength". Trump's call to upgrade the US nuclear arsenal sounded a lot like the nuclear modernization program on which the Obama administration already-to the chagrin of many Democrats-has embarked.

It has left some across party lines, and in other countries, wondering what the U.S.'s role is and should be.

At its core, Trump's address was an effective distillation of the conflicting impulses of the Republican Party: the desire to build up the military without spending money, to make other nations cower without deploying force, to destroy ISIS without relying on allies and to grow the American economy without engaging in trade. "It's not us he has to convince - it's the world". "This was the case in Libya and Iraq; this was the case in some other countries".

He said that "in the Middle East, our goals must be, and I mean must be, to defeat terrorists and provide regional stability, not radical change".

It could be a preview to a Trump general-election attack.

After pointing out Trump's contradictions, Boot declared, "This is not a man who engenders any degree of confidence as a potential commander in chief", adding, "This is not somebody who should be handed the nuclear codes". But if that didn't work, Trump said he would be prepared to walk away, without offering specifics on the economic and national security consequences that would entail.

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