President Trump delivered a speech this week outlining what he is calling his “America First” security strategy. Following an age of increased economic cooperation under President Obama, President Trump is pivoting away from the rest of the world and towards a more independent foreign policy.
“Throughout our history, the American people have always been the true source of American greatness. Our people have promoted our culture and promoted our values. Americans have fought and sacrificed on the battlefields all over the world. We have liberated captive nations, transformed former enemies into the best of friends, and lifted entire regions of the planet from poverty to prosperity. Because of our people, America has been among the greatest forces for peace and justice in the history of the world. The American people are generous. You are determined, you are brave, you are strong, and you are wise. When the American people speak, all of us should listen,” President Trump began, before reminding voters of his “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan.
“For many years, our citizens watched as Washington politicians presided over one disappointment after another; too many of our leaders — so many — who forgot whose voices they were to respect, and whose interest they were supposed to defend,” he continued. “Our leaders in Washington negotiated disastrous trade deals that brought massive profits to many foreign nations, but sent thousands of American factories and millions of American jobs to those other countries.”
“Upon my inauguration, I announced that the United States would return to a simple principle: The first duty of our government is to serve its citizens, many of whom have been forgotten. But they are not forgotten anymore,” Trump said as he shifted towards his own foreign policy.
He then outlined a foreign policy that included increased defense spending, less binding trade deals, fewer international agreements in general, and an unlimited timeline in Afghanistan.
(Via Real Clear Politics)