Donald Trump is making good on his promises to showcase his ability to be “more presidential.” While Trump initially reported he wouldn’t tone back his rhetoric until after he defeated Ted Cruz in the primary, with it being mathematically impossible for Cruz to secure the nomination before the Republican National Convention, it seems Trump has decided to go ahead and give voters a glimpse of the more diplomatic version of himself. To showcase his less inflammatory rhetoric, Trump spoke on foreign policy in front of an audience at Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Donald Trump’s foreign policy speech was hotly anticipated by the Republican party. In the speech, Trump was more soft-spoken than normal, keeping his raised voice and accusatory tone to a minimum. Instead, Trump outlined his “America First” foreign policy that would be based on our own interests as well as the interests of our allies. Trump pointed out what he believes are major problems with the current Obama Administration’s foreign policy, noting that our enemies have been emboldened and our allies disillusioned.
Trump also points out flaws with some Republicans’ foreign policy plans noting that instead of going abroad to seek out enemies, we should focus on rebuilding America. He claims that if we fix our own problems here on our homeland we could be better allies to our friends and potentially see a century of unprecedented peace and prosperity.
“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. That’s what we want: We want to bring peace to the world……..We must make America respected again. We must make America truly wealthy again. And we must, we have to and we will make America great again. And if we do that, perhaps this century can be the most peaceful and prosperous the world has ever known.”
You can watch Donald Trump’s full foreign policy speech below.
Though many praised Trump for his more presidential demeanor, some still question his “isolationist” approach to American foreign policy noting that didn’t work pre-WWII.
Trump is pushing a neo-isolationist policy. America tried this before and it lead to the rise of fascism and the… https://t.co/TwZjb7M1Tv
— Charles K. Djou (@Djou4Hawaii) April 28, 2016
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) April 28, 2016
From a man whose billions are firmly rooted in international trade, Trump’s foreign policy is weirdly isolationist. https://t.co/0rJNesEwaR
— Alan Mills (@alan_uplc) April 28, 2016
The comments calling Trump “isolationist” stem from the businessman’s numerous statements regarding “America first” when it comes to foreign relations. While Trump says he wants to focus on rebuilding our homeland first, he does say “America must be respected again” and discusses the squashing of the Islamic State. While he appears to hold a more isolationist approach than the current Obama Administration, the businessman has not revealed a detailed foreign policy plan as of yet.
However, Trump has promised voters that he will release his foreign policy plans in detail soon as he continues to give foreign policy speeches.
Thank you to all for the wonderful reviews of my foreign policy speech. I will soon be speaking in great detail on numerous other topics!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 28, 2016
Some have even compared Trump’s foreign policy plan to Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders noting that both have a more isolationist approach than the status quo.
Trump/Sanders –> isolationist ticket
— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) April 15, 2016
What do you think about Donald Trump’s foreign policy speech? Do you think his speech was as isolationist as much of the media is reporting? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
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