On Wednesday, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gave his first foreign policy address to the Center for National Interests at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington D.C.
Generally Trump emphasized that “America First” will be his overriding theme and the interests of America will be at the foundation of every decision he makes.
Trump also hinted that America could withdraw from the international arena in some situations if conditions are not met.
Nobody expected a grand, strategic overview from Trump. The speech had different objectives. Nonetheless, content wasn’t entirely ignored.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier pointed out that he hopes “that the election campaign in the United States doesn’t ignore reality.”
He said Trump’s claims via the address “aren’t entirely free of contradictions,” when Trump says he’ll “make America great again” and then says the U.S. could “withdraw.”
The world needs America’s leadership and if it withdraws America also withdraws its leadership. The lack of strong, sound American leadership is one of the reasons for the chaos and disruption roiling around the globe.
Steinmeier said that at this time he “couldn’t see a clear line” in Trump’s policies, but he also added, “It doesn’t seem to be entirely spelled out yet.”
Steinmeier might be waiting for a while. One of the things Trump stated America needs to be is ‘less predictable.”
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