Donald Trump outlines ‘America first’ foreign policy vision

by Guy Taylor and Seth McLaughlin  |  published on April 28, 2016

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump took a swipe at neoconservatism Wednesday, arguing in a major foreign policy address that the U.S. shouldn’t be in the “nation-building business” and suggesting Washington should be more willing to work with unsavory regimes as long as doing so advances American interests and creates “stability in the world.”

Speaking blocks away from the White House, Mr. Trump broke from his typical off-the-cuff style and used a teleprompter, telling a reserved audience largely drawn from Washington’s think tank establishment that his approach “replaces randomness with purpose, ideology with strategy and chaos with peace.”

The much-anticipated speech drew both praise and heat from the foreign policy veterans as Mr. Trump called broadly for an “America first” foreign policy and sought to temper doubts about his worldview and familiarity with international issues, all just one day after moving closer to the GOP nomination with sweeping wins in five Northeastern primaries.

Only occasionally ad-libbing as he read his prepared remarks, Mr. Trump hammered President Obama for letting America’s “rivals and challengers think they can get away with anything,” asserting the administration has pursued dangerous and misguided detentes with regimes such as Cuba and Iran while avoiding confrontation with North Korea over its growing nuclear provocations.

  • bush was not a neocon. trump is a libturd hypocrite

  • Ralph H Moran

    First we must build our military up to a standard that will make our enemies think about attacking us. When we draw a line in the sand we must mean it. Some of the people that have commented on this page really don’t understand what it means to be the strongest on the block not the meanest. I served 10 years in the Army of which I am very proud, I was wounded and left with a 100% disability and I never whined and cried about it a lot of my friends did not come home except in a coffin. I then did all I could do to honor them take every opportunity I could better myself and support my children (never on welfare or food stamps) even disabled I found work to support my family.
    I challenge all the socialist in this country to figure out just who is going to pay for all the freebees they want. When a socialist gets free things and doesn’t have to work it doesn’t take long before everyone quits work and wants the same free things. You think it is alright to step on my flag, those Red Stripes are the blood that I and others shed, the white stripes are the ones that bind us together the blue is for the Liberty which we enjoy. Socialist/communist governments don’t care about you, just look at the nations that they serve and you should also do a body count of the citizens of those countries that were murdered.

  • barbarakelly

    I like Trumps idea, after we have seen what obama policy has done for this country. —CRAP—. obimbo has depleted our all our resources. And has left us with the empty hands. We used to be the biggest exporter and now because of him we are the biggest importer people. And if you haven’t really thought that one through –guess where most of our food now comes from. If isis heat our power grid people —–let your mind do some calculations on that one.!!!!

  • Jerry

    I have nothing to add. You guys said it all. What great post. I didn’t read them all but the first five or six are brilliant. I’m 83 so not much of these improvements would affect me in time, but I feel better for all you young ones who will benefit by Trumps Presidency.

  • Harvey Thomas Creech

    Wow Trump is finally talking to adults with at least a H.S. degree and some college instead of talking at the 8th grade level. Maybe now he’s got some advisers who have experience in foreign policy to guide him. I’d like to know who they are. Now if he can just find some smart and experienced people on domestic issues, I might consider voting for him instead of staying home on Election Day.

  • I Seigel

    Trump laid out a brilliant foreign policy vision yesterday. A “coherent foreign policy”. “..we are always happy when old enemies become friends, and when old friends become allies.” Sounds really good. So what’s his problem with Obama opening the doors with Cuba? He said his foreign policy will be “disciplined, deliberate, and consistent”. But then he said that America needs to “be more unpredictable starting now.” How about some consistency in your statements, Mr Trump? If you say you’re going to be “deliberate”, then start by explaining what your plans for troop levels in the Middle East are, how you’ll be negotiating with Russia about their annexation and fighting in Crimea and Ukraine, and how you’ll deal with trade policy and tariffs with China? Or all of these part of your “secret plan”, like the one Nixon had for ending the Vietnam War, when his strategy really turned out to be escalation?

    • ipsd48

      Facts never get in the way of your rants do they

      • I Seigel

        I’ve provided direct quotes from Trump’s speech, and I’ve asked some questions that weren’t answered in his speech. What additional facts do you require? You must have a VERY low threshold for a “rant”. I was simply asking questions. I wasn’t even stating an opinion. That’s too bad if real facts get in the way of your fanboi adoration of the Almighty Trump.

  • maxx

    Amen. America and Americans come first then you offer to help others if they deserve it. Our foreign policy has been stripped of all common sense for the sake of “being liked”. The democommies think we can buy friends. The people /nations that require that are never going to be our friends. And our citizens suffer for it. If Obama has taught us one thing it is that we never want another one like him. His resume and past was there for all to see if they wanted to. I was taught that the way to predict what a person will do in the future is to look at what they did in their past. Congress needs to review and change everything about the candidate vetting process. Anybody that seals and hides any information about themselves is automatically disqualified. Vetting must never be left up to a political party of the MSM ever again.

    • Barry Dietsche

      Amen

    • ipsd48

      To be ‘liked’ by people who will NEVER like us.

  • DrBillLemoine

    Foreign policy heads smarter than I, have set our current policies in place and I see we are at peace. By contrast Trump wants to use tactical nukes on ISIL, he wants American first, but that’s always been the case with all presidents. He wants our friends and enemies to think of a huge military buildup but it’s no longer the military way for guerillas, barbarians, malcontents and Islamic sleepers. He’s still fighting the cold war that’s long over. He wants to threaten allies and friends with foreign and military aid withdrawal should they not pay their ‘fair share’ of costs. But he fails to say what is the cost or where the money for all this is coming from. Does he intent small European countries in NATO to pony up for defense when their economies are still suffering from austerity budgeting recommended by ‘bankruptcy minded’ neocons like Trump. Would Trump invade Crimea to restore Ukrainian territory? Would he quickly eliminate ISIL by carpet bombing whole populations because they are Muslims? Will he alienate all our Arab allies by banning immigration for their citizens? This policy of Trumps is a mish mash of base conservative wish thinking and actually would destabilize the world that he wants to rule by clever deals. What a boob!!!

    • maxx

      “he wants American first, but that’s always been the case with all presidents” For heavens sake where the heII have you been for the past 7.5 years? Obama has made enemies of our former friends and friends of our former enemies. You are really deranged.

      • DrBillLemoine

        Can you be specific and accountable for your nonsense conclusions?

        • maxx

          I could ask you the very same question but I see you have a Dr. in front of your name so that must mean you are very smart. Based on your anti-American comments however I THINK NOT!

    • Barry Dietsche

      Yes, but giving money to our enemies, what the hell! I do agree that we need to protect our friends if we can, but I am sure he will always have their best interest in mind as far as protection. We nbeed our allies

      • DrBillLemoine

        So what do you think Trump generates by saying NATO members must pony up or we’ll leave–friends? What do you think Putin thinks if Trump wants to be friends after Crimea, bombing our rebel allies in Syria–friends? What money are we giving to enemies that doesn’t already belong to them (as in Iran’s sequestered funds now releasing?) Would you support Mubarak in Egypt when his people wanted freedom and demonstrated in Tahrir Square for all to see? Do you ignore European allies who ask us for a Libyan no-fly zone enforced by us to eliminate American-Lockerbee-airplane-killer Gadhafi? (Remember Bush2 befriended this murderer of Americans?) You call these things good for allies, but support Trump abandoning them? You are as confused as Trump and his foreign/military policy.

        • Barry Dietsche

          He does not want someone who doesn’t agree with our standard of living or democratic values, telling us what to do. Getting along with Putin does not mean BEING FRIENDS. But if it is to our advantage, we can DO BUSINESS. Don’t ask me what to do in Syria, regarding Russia and Assad. A nasty situation. I agree tanks and Humvees is not the answer. Seals, and Rangers (indiscreet) are

          • DrBillLemoine

            Are you kidding–Europe who we saved from Nazis? They don’t agree with us? Don’t have our standard of living? Which nation in Eurozone tells us what to do?
            Trump said he could be friends with Putin, not me. We are doing business now FYI. Stopped Iran getting nukes while they took over Crimea. Which side of YOUR mouth are you believing, like Trump?
            Keep up to speed. Putin withdrew from Syria except his navy base. Would you invade now and take over the country minus a ‘friend’s’ navy base? It’s more complicated than Trump said.
            What can Seals and Rangers do that won’t upset ‘friend’ Putin in Syria or Turkey near their border, or Kurds who want their own country? Or is it Cruz carpet bombing you prefer to tactical nukes like Trump? We’re doing what we can without war.

          • ipsd48

            SEALS, SF and Rangers are the ‘surgery’ of the military. With the growth of radical islam simple surgery isn’t what’s needed.

        • ezekiel22

          It is funny seeing you trying to bust on Trump and his foreign policy speech. I watched the whole thing understanding the whole speech including the goal.
          I am not surprised you fail to understand.
          Except for Israel the mideast is ruled by monarchy or dictators. That is a given and judging by actions they like it that way. Mubarack was a dictator ousted by the Muslim Brotherhood who we support and have in our government. The same that murdered Sadat plus tried to implement sharia in Egypt we also know as CAIR. Libya that is Hillary’s baby along with the deaths. Did I mention the ties Hu ma has to the MB?
          You complain about Russia bombing our allies in Syria. Have you forgotten that ISIS was once an ally? At least we directly armed them while they gassed civilians.. Keep up and do research. You criticise tool early.
          BTW Kerry has about 11 offshore accounts. Talk about tax reform and hypocrisy.

          • DrBillLemoine

            Contradictions abound in you and Trump’s speech. Four sheets to the wind makes sense to Trump and you, not our peaceful existence like now. You fail to look below the surface as usual. You misread Egypt totally.
            Libya is European instigated, not USA or Hillary–another misread.
            ISIL was never an ally. Where is your head?
            Syria and Assad gassed his people. You have it totally confused.
            On the taxes, smart people use the available laws–it’s the American way you just don’t know. Wanna hire me?

          • ezekiel22

            Oh man are you funny. When I see and hear representatives like McCain gushing over freedom fighters like al Baghdadi while we were arming them I cry. You see al Baghdadi is the head of ISIS. The truth of what our “allies” was was ignored. ISIS was noted to gas Syrians as well as bring in Satin through Turkey. That was confirmed by the UN and by Turkey and by Syrian victims and fighters. There is a lot you missed in your March to war to topple Assad. Yes, I could flood your inbox and then some.
            You still cling to Killary and her innocence? The Arab Spring was her little contribution to even more killing. Since you really choose to not examine facts you might instead check as to why the Egyptian government wants her to appear in court.
            There are many millions of people that will disagree as to how peaceful the world is today. There more still that have died needlessly due to banana brain and his idiotic policies. Our military has been significantly weakened due to his policies just ask the former Secretary of states and the generals. That means there is a good chance that more people will die uselessly.
            Research is key to issues. I do mine. I gave you the references.
            When it comes to taxes please inform Kerry that the money he has stowed offshore to avoid taxes is unpatriotic according to Biden. It also sets a bad example.

          • DrBillLemoine

            We, Americans, never armed Baghdadi. His ISIL fighters simply appropriated abandoned Iraqi weapons we supplied them. Your memory is really soft.
            Then you forget it was Assad, Syrian president, indicted for gassing his own people, not ISIL which got no gases from Iraqi troops because it’s illegal. And America is the great satan, hardly brought in via Turkey which was a latecomer to the fray in Syria. Only Republicans wanted to cross Obama’s red line that he redrew for good reason–we’re not mired on the ground yet in Syria. Fancy you right winger rewriting history twice here.
            America, let alone Obama and Hillary, is not responsible for socioeconomic changes and desires in the Mid East and north Africa. Keep it real and truthful.
            Don’t confuse Egyptian court with congressional hearings.
            Idiotic policies–neocons and war hawks would today have us bogged down in war with Iran, Syria, Iraqi Shiia, Libyan nomads and more. You must be daft to grind up American troops like that; we all know McCain and Graham are; neither is president today.
            Plus you confuse asymmetric war today with set piece battles of yesteryear. Memory failed you after the Gulf War we see!!! We are not weak, just different.
            We established long ago your bogus research taking slanted partisan ‘anecdotes’ and ‘research’ for fact.
            As for tax reform, it’s republicans who refuse tax reforms in congress. Kerry, my clients, smart people are all simply using tax law to their own advantage–all quite legally. Get your Freedom Caucus off their asses and back to work with hearings on SCOTUS, immigration reform, tax reform, infrastructure upgrade/improvement/expansion and economic policies for the middle class. Those are the reasons you will lose at all levels in November elections.

          • ezekiel22

            You did not check my references so you get an F for lack of effort doc. I told you boolean searches are your friend so do not be afraid. The only history being rewritten is what you decieve others with.

      • ipsd48

        First we need to determine who our ‘friends’ ARE.

    • ipsd48

      If those foreign policy experts are so smart then why is our foreign policy in such a shambles?

      • I Seigel

        Sometimes the other players don’t want to fall into line so easily. A President Trump will find the same thing. You can’t just dictate the actions of other countries.

      • DrBillLemoine

        What shambles? Ask any European and get a ‘shambles’ answer on immigration. not America. What are you looking at?

  • Raymond Charron

    It’s about time America finally gets it. Keep our noises out of others business and stop playing big brother to the world. We can’t save them all. They have to save themselves. We get involved with too many other country’s problems when we gave plenty right here to solve. Stop giving them our money. We need it ourselves. We can still be humanitarian when needed, but for the most part their business is not our business.prime example, obozo telling Britain to stay in the eu. Mind your own business obozo. I think president Monroe had it right with his plan of laisiere faire. ( spelling) in other words leave us alone.

    • maxx

      Rebuild our military as Regan did. Stay out of other countries business. Honor our friends and keep a suspicious eye on those that chose to be our enemies. Trust but verify !!!.

  • David

    Go Trump…..America First………

  • williweb

    Trump has integrity and he loves America. He will make America Great Again.

    • maxx

      And most of all he is a real American by every requirement.

  • Carolyn

    I will never understand the thinking of the aggressive liberals. They thought it great to elect a junior senator from IL who had absolutely no experience in politics, much less foreign policy (with less than one year as a senator when he began running for president), and then elect old lady Clinton as NY senator when the only experience she had in politics was being the wife of a state governor. She had absolutely no experience in foreign affairs when she was appointed to be Secretary of State either. But what did that matter? Now, we have a great business man who has years of experience dealing with companies in foreign countries all over the world, running for president and using HIS OWN MONEY to do so, and people want claim he has no experience in foreign affairs? Give me a break. He will do sooooo much better than Obama or Clinton ever thought of doing. The only thing those two can ever do is destroy America in the name of giving power to themselves and making our federal government more like an anarchy than a republic. Go Trump 2016!

    • I Seigel

      What kind of foreign policy experience did Bush have when he was elected. He hadn’t even traveled outside of North America! And Trump? What foreign policy experience does he have? Negotiating a business deal is very different from talking to allies about joining a coalition against ISIS, or trying to convince China to put a lid on N Korea. It’s not the experience a candidate has that’s all important – it’s the wisdom, the coolness under fire, and the ability to listen and learn from advisers that know a lot more than you do, that are the important qualities.

      “Aggressive liberals”??? LOL!! Is that something you just made up, or are you parroting Glenn Beck?

  • I Seigel

    “Tear up” the agreement with Iran, and then what happens? Europe and China will continue to trade with Iran, buying Iranian oil, selling Iran arms and food – basically back to normal as far as the rest of the world is concerned. And the US? We’ll be boycotting, and our corporations will see the billion-dollar deals going elsewhere, while Iran has a good excuse to start their nuclear program all over again. Yeah, real smart.

    • Maggielakeo

      Iran has never stopped their nuclear program. Have we just all lost our moral compass. So Trump wants to make deals with our enemies. As I recall we have a president that just did that with Cuba and Iran. I wish someone could explain the difference between Hillary and Trump to me.
      1. Big government
      2. More spending
      3. Not supporting Israel
      4. Negotiate with our enemies
      5. Support Planned Parenthood and other sex policies pushed by liberals.
      If I single handedly wanted to be sure Hilary got elected I would do exactly what Trump is doing. Enter the Republican race even though I have always supported Democrats. Reach as many people as I can and call all other candidates names and start rumors so when I win the nomination those supporting other candidates will never vote for me. Cause total division in the party so the republicans will be sure to lose.
      A perfect plan and from what I can tell most people fell for it.

  • YOLADANE

    WOW. Common sense coming from a MAN who would be President. Not only common sense but a GREAT POLICY. An American policy from a MAN who truly LOVES AMERICA and AMERICANS. Look folks, if you have a family of your own and you, as the head of the household go out and take care of EVERYBODY else but neglect your own family, YOUR family will fall apart right? Your own family will resent you. That is what the COMMUNIST MUSLIM PIG in the White House is doing. TRUMP is sooo refreshing and a REAL LEADER, and a REAL AMERICAN.

    • I Seigel

      And what have the Republican majorities in BOTH houses of Congress been doing to take care of Americans first? Immigration reform? Jobs? Infrastructure investments/jobs? Obamacare reform? Nope, nothing coming from the Republicans. All they’re worried about is raising money for their reelections, and not pissing off their big donors and the lobbyists that will be hiring them when they decide to retire.

      • Steve Gifford

        That is exactly why we need to vote for Trump. We all want America to be great again. It is true the Republican establishment has not done near enough but they also have Obama to contend with. They have presented a lot of bills that have been vetoed. The democrats and the Muslim in chief has a lot more to be ashamed of than the republicans. The worst thing the republicans have done is to try to block Trump.

        • I Seigel

          Most people in the world still see America as a place they would love to live in, or raise their children in. It is still the “shining beacon” for the rest of the world. America has never stopped being great, and our military is still the strongest, best equipped, best led, best trained in the world. And CONGRESS needs to do a LOT MORE to fund veterans’ care.

        • I Seigel

          There have been VERY few bills passed by this Congress that Obama has vetoed. Not “a lot of bills”.

          • BILL3000

            I Seigel,please don’t confuse people with FACTS!!

          • PC Bob

            There are a whole raft of other bills that SHOULD have been vetoed, INCLUDING most of Obama’s Executive Orders! What have we heard from the House and Senate? Mostly just crickets! Or feel-good promises to ‘DO SOMETHING!’ It’s time for BOTH party’s to stand up and DEFEND this great nation or else get out of the House!

          • I Seigel

            It would seem that Congress’ strategy for the last several years is to do pretty much nothing and let the Supreme Court do most of the decision making.

      • Lynn

        You’re exactly right Congress and the Senate haven’t done anything they promised the American people they would do if they got elected in 2014. And they’re trying to say that if Trump wins the nomination they’re going to lose their seats in the Congress and the Senate. Now they’re going to lose it there selfs because they haven’t done a damn thing they promised they would do.

      • ClarenceDeBarrows

        “All they’re worried about”, the GOPe, AND the Democrats is defeating Donald Trump as he’s the first person in decades to pose a threat to all of them as he works for The People, the Constitution and our Country, not for the interests of agenda driven politicians. He has all of them, along with a colluding Main Stream Media, running scared as they envision their long standing political corruption being exposed to the light of day!

        • PC Bob

          I SINCERELY hope that Trump is for real! But I also fear that his demagoguery is leading us down the garden path, again. We have BEEN there, and we have DONE that! Demagoguery got us into this mess and MORE demagoguery is not going to fix the problem. IMHO

          • Gary Smith

            Well said

      • Bill Blackstone

        What is your point exactly? The subject is Trump. Not the party. With Trump. Things will change

        • I Seigel

          My point – exactly – was in response to Yoladane, who is blaming the “COMMUNIST MUSLIM PIG in the White House” for all the ills of America. I am simply pointing out to this person that the CMP is only one part of government, and without Congress’ cooperation, vision, motivation or simple acquiescence, the neglect of the family will continue, and the family will fall apart. There’s plenty of blame to go around, not just to the CMP. That way my point – exactly.

        • BILL3000

          YES!!! With Trump things WILL Change for the WORSE.

      • ipsd48

        Just like the democrats

      • Quester59

        IT’S HARD TO SOAR WITH EAGLES, WHEN YOUR SURROUNDED BY TURKEYS !

      • Eleanor Cummings

        How right you are. They thought they’d be traveling the gravy train. No one expected a man like Donald Trump to run for president. They thought it would just be a professional career politician buddy like themselves. They sure got fooled and they don’t like it. That is why they’re trying to stop him. They have said everything bad about him that they could, hoping to turn everyone against him. It worked for awhile, but the people, realizing what was got going on, instead of voting blind as usual, started checking the candidates out more thoroughly. I guess they should have run a cleaner campaign??

    • BILL3000

      Calm Down.

    • PC Bob

      I’m taking this with a grain of salt. WHO writes his speeches? Does he REALLY think and believe this way? Yes, America HAS been sticking their noses in other countries business, since early Veit Nam. There is NOTHING in our laws that says we must get involved in nation building. Only if a sovereign nation ASKS us for help should we respond with military strength! That does NOT include the ‘United Nations’, by the way. Today, America has far more enemies than friends. We would be well advised to mind our OWN business and stop butting in to others business!

  • The Redhawk

    Finally something MORE than name callings!! I hope that he continues on this track and actually expands with more ‘POINTED” plans … We need a PRO AMERICA Leader instead of another “ANTI AMERICA” Idiot like SHIL-lIAR-RY.
    One apologist after the Balls-free OBUNGO would certainly END THE REPUBLIC!

    • used_to_be_a_liberal

      “Finally something MORE than name callings!!” True, but for how long? Yes, I wish he would tone it down a bit too, however, I also hope that when he takes on the Hilda-Beast he goes all out on her, and on Commie Bernie too.
      I think that the Hilda-Beast, and Commie Bernie too are in for a shock, because Trump is not going to play “politics” with either one of them.

      • The Redhawk

        Bernie in typical Liberal BS pays his hired hands below Min wage and now FIRES them…Liberalism/Socialism in full view and SHILLERY also pays $ 12.00 hour / PHONIES never Change!!
        There is Enough Cache of Ammunition for TRUMP to use against EITHER PHONY to stop name calling and Go after both/Either with GUNS BLAZING about their Incompetency../ records of LIES/ and possible undermining of National Defense.. All he has to do is EXPOSE their RECORDS and LIES!!!

        • used_to_be_a_liberal

          Apparently Trump is going to do just that. Like I said, Trump is not going to play politics with her, she is going to try and keep the race in the political field, but that won’t happen.

          • ipsd48

            How are her actions as SecState NOT in the ‘political field’?

          • used_to_be_a_liberal

            When I talk about the “political field” I mean regular politics, playing nice in the sandbox, arguing issues, those sort of things.
            Everything that the Hilda-Beast has done, including her negligence, stupidity, ignorance, high and mighty bull manure, from and maybe even before the Nixon years are open to be exposed, and that includes all her time in and around the White-House, and most definitely as Sec of State, emails and all, her foundation bribes, oh excuse me donations etc…
            Trump knows how to push her buttons, he should have her yelling, screaming, screeching, cackling, and barking like a dog, with her eyes popping out of her head. This is what I mean.

          • The Redhawk

            SUCKY….and that is being Generous!

  • Rose Boltz

    Agree with him, take care of our own. Stop the leeching of our government by foreigners.

  • Lee

    Trump is right again. America First this is what i have always said. Then if we can we can help other Countries without going overboard.

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