Cast as the first of several upcoming policy speeches intended to confirm Donald Trump’s capacity to fulfill the demands of the Oval Office and honorably perform the role of President of the United States, Trump delivered a foreign policy speech at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington.
Trump thanked the Center for National Interests for honoring him with the invitation to speak to the group.
Trump presented his vision of “a new foreign policy direction for our country. One that replaces randomness with purpose, ideology with strategy and chaos with peace.”
Trump said, “It’s time to shake the rust off America’s foreign policy. It’s time to invite new voices and new visions into the fold.”
He said that his “foreign policy will always put the interests of the American people and American security, above all else, has to be first. That will be the foundation of every single decision that I make.”
Trump read the scripted speech from teleprompters, in a departure from his usual off-the-cuff delivery style. He attempted to appear more tame, controlled and professional to appease conservatives concerned that he does not appear “Presidential” enough, as well as to quell claims from the Clinton campaign that Trump uses “the most reckless rhetoric of any major presidential candidate in modern history.”
While Mr Trump may have scored high ‘style points’ in the speech for dialing back his usual brashness, the content of the address included some unclear, almost contradictory messaging.
Trump reiterated his stance that other countries must contribute to international security agreements in order to receive the benefits of American military protection. Then he also stated he would renew U.S. commitments to overseas friends.
“To our friends and allies, I say American is going to be strong again, America is going to be reliable again. It’s going to be a great and reliable ally again.”
Trump derided President Obama’s handling of the Middle East and identified Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton as a complicit partner in those failings.
Trump did not disclose details on how he would improve conditions in the region, but did maintain they would be better under his leadership.
Generally, Trump emphasized that “’America first’ will be the major and overriding theme of my administration” in the 38 minute address.
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