Donald Trump’s America First Stance — A New Turn Away From The Outside World In Tweets And Policy

Sandra Hajda - Author

Mar. 31 2018, Updated 2:40 a.m. ET

Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to re-affirm his commitment to American workers.

Trump emphasized throughout his controversial campaign that he would try to revitalize American industry. This earned him support from the Rust Belt group whose interests were de-emphasized during the 2000s, 1990s, and early 2010’s as a cohort of globalist, pro-free trade thought leaders rose up in the cultural and political scene.

Trump’s critics have called his approach provincial and backward. Supporters, including Silicon Valley leader Peter Thiel, have praised him for his realism and willingness to buck those trends, reportsC-Span.

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“Very unusually for a presidential candidate, he has questioned the core concept of American exceptionalism,” Thiel said admiringly in one speech, praising Trump’s willingness to question the idea that America has a duty of care as a powerful nation, and that it must intervene in world affairs by taking action to stabilize other economies, subsidizing health care for the rest of the world, and bringing periods of peace to war-ravaged regions via expensive military intervention (periods that often turned out to be short-lived, giving way to bloodier outbursts of violence when the democratic institutions put in place like thin gauze bandages failed to stay put in the troubled regions).

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In the new tweet, Trump says that Washington will no longer be building up those foreign countries while American infrastructure falls into “a state of total disrepair.” He affirms his commitment to fixing America’s infrastructure. Not only that, Trump promises that he will use American muscle, creating jobs for the cohort left behind during the 1990s and 2000s period of emphasis on white-collar work (when many Rust Belt jobs were sent offshore) and the slump in the overall job market after the crash of 2008.

American grit and American pride will be the key engines for the coming positive change, the president said. has just reported that Trump plans to withdraw from Syria soon. Trump said in a recent address that it is time to withdraw and let the people deal with the situation.

“Going to get back to our country, where we belong, where we want to be,” he said, in keeping with the theme of homeland pride.

Trump also bemoaned the amount of time and money that was spent on the Syrian intervention and said he was against it from the start.

There were some murmurs that Trump did not brief all key players before he made the announcement. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said she was not told.

“I am not, no. No,” she said at a briefing when asked pointedly if she was aware of the Syria pull-out.


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