Trump foreign policy speech

"We will no longer surrender this country or its people to the false song of Globalism"

By George Miller

Donald Trump today unveiled his proposed foreign policy approach, which is a significant departure not only from Obama’s but Bush’s as well. He managed to not even mention the latter’s name and stuck to Obama/Clinton bashing, while outlining how a Trump administration might proceed.


His speech was as much about what was wrong with past/current policies as it was about his future approach.  He began by praising the successful, bipartisan cold war strategy of containment and wearing down the Soviet bloc, but said it had gone disastrously off track every since.

Video- Trump’s speech starts at about 34:28 …..

He first laid our 5 major problems with the current approach:

  1. U.S. resources are totally overextended.
  2. Our Allies not carrying their fair share of the load of defense and expenses.
  3. Friends/allies no longer believe they can depend on us.
  4. Our rivals no longer respect us.
  5. America no longer has a clear understanding of our foreign policy goals.

In a statement  reminiscent of the Ross Perot “giant sucking sound” speech, he said that NAFTA has been a total disaster for the United Sates, emptying our country of jobs.

His avowed policy would be to address all of the above.

America will be strong and reliable

We will work to halt the spread of radical Islam.

We will pause for a reassessment of immigration policy, especially undocumented refugees.

We need to be more unpredictable to adversaries.

Build up ou depleted military, but smartly and cost-effectively.

Change trade, immigration and economic policies more to the benefit of Americans and allies/friends.

Promote regional stability in Middle East

The overall goal is peace and prosperity, not war and destruction, which he says is what we have now,

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. We will never enter into any agreement that reduces our ability to control our own affairs.

If he draws a line in the sand, he will enforce it. The implication was that the incumbent does not.

He will seek talented experts, look to new people, “not perfect resumes … with very little accomplishments, continued failure and losses… who look awfully good in the New York Times and TV.” This was a shot at Obama/Bush/Clinton foreign policy teams.

He will reinvigorate, promote western values, not “universal values,” to inspire positive reforms around the world, rather than try to accomplish that via military intervention.

He would put American priorities first for trade, immigration and foreign policy, for the jobs and security of American workers. He wants to make enemies into friends, friends into allies.

Some pundits complained that he claimed powerful weapons were the biggest danger in the world but Trump wants to update our nuclear weapons.

Trump was hosted by the Center for National Interest.



The reaction of the audience was rather light, periodic applause. Broader reactions to the speech were mixed. Obviously, this is big departure from current doctrine, such as it is. It threatens certain foreign and domestic special interests, while appealing to a broad segment of Americans and some allies, along with some military interests. Donald Trump foreign policy speech ridiculed, ripped by pundits


Read Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ Foreign Policy Speech  (transcript)

George Miller is Publisher of and a “retired” operations management consultant, active in civic affairs, living in Oxnard.

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