by Sharon Rondeau

(Apr. 27, 2016) — In a major foreign policy speech on Wednesday afternoon at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC, 2016 Republican candidate and frontrunner Donald Trump raised many issues he believes must be addressed by the next chief executive, including destroying the Islamic terror group “ISIS” and “radical Islam” in general.

The Obama regime has been loathe to use the terms “Islamic extremism” or “radical Islam.”

He said that the U.S. military must be “rebuilt” with superior equipment and more personnel, citing the Navy’s diminished numbers during the seven years of the Obama regime.

Trump said that the “commitment” of the United States government should be “absolute” in caring for military veterans.  “Our veterans have not been treated fairly or justly,” he said at 12:58 p.m. EDT.

He said that “American interests” must be put first in foreign policy matters.

In touching on many topics related to foreign policy, he often cited the growing national debt, which has surpassed $18 trillion under Obama.

In regard to China and Russia, Trump said that the U.S. should “approach them with open eyes” but that the “cycle of hostility” might be ended with “a deal.”  “We’re going to find out,” he said, reserving the right to “walk away from the table” if negotiations should break down.

Trump said that the Middle East is in upheaval today because of Obama’s approach to Libya and subsequent abandoning of the country’s citizens and government.  He claimed that ISIS was created out of a power vacuum once Libya and other countries descended into chaos.

Trump said that U.S. foreign policy has been faulty since the end of the Cold War.

“I will not hesitate to deploy military force when there’s no alternative, but when America fights, it must fight to win,” Trump said.  He said the foreign policy of Obama and his former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, “has been a complete and total disaster.”

Clinton is currently leading over Bernie Sanders for the Democrat presidential nomination.

“If I draw a line in the sand, I will enforce that line in the sand; believe me,” Trump said.

He said that “new people” must replace “old people” in government who may not be effective in today’s foreign policy.

“I will seek a foreign policy that all Americans, whatever their party, will support,” Trump said at 1:07 p.m. EDT.

“We want to bring peace to the world,” he said, advocating diplomacy over “military interventions.”

He denounced “globalism” and “international unions that tie us up and bring America down.”

“We will not apologize for becoming successful again,” he said at 1:11.

The speech concluded at 1:13 p.m.


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  1. More than a few of the critics emphasize what they call Trump’s inconsistencies. At Investors.com Andrew Malcolm writes, “[I]t’s hard to argue with much of Trump’s speech because it’s such a keen grasp of the obvious: ‘Our goal is peace and prosperity, not war and destruction.’ Or, ‘I say America is going to be strong again. America is going to be a reliable friend and ally again.’ …But then he says: ‘And there’s ISIS. I have a simple message for them. Their days are numbered. I won’t tell them where and I won’t tell them how. We must, as a nation, be more unpredictable.’ Which is it? Reliable again or more unpredictable?” Malcolm is apparently unable to comprehend that one can be a “reliable friend and ally” while at the same time keeping enemies off guard. Perhaps he would like the United States to be a reliable friend of ISIS, or to announces its military moves—as seems to be the case under Obama.

    Malcolm also criticizes Trump for saying, “We are getting out of the nation-building business, and instead focusing on creating stability in the world,” asking, “How might we do that without helping build other nations?” Malcolm is also unable to imagine that world stability can be improved without invading other nations and trying to impose western-style democracies on tribal peoples who still lack basic education and flush toilets.

    Malcolm also expresses confusion at Trump’s certainly reasonable call for the members of NATO honor their agreements to contribute two percent of their GDP to fund that defense apparatus. Trump: “The countries we are defending must pay for the cost of this defense—and, if not, the U.S. must be prepared to let these countries defend themselves.” Malcolm wonders, “if they don’t comply… then what?” Malcolm is apparently content to let U.S. taxpayers pay for the defense of Europe forever, rather than upset European taxpayers.

  2. As a prior member of the military, we should be feared. And
    Trump is right on many levels. We shouldn’t telegraph our
    intentions. Also, we should not be flipping the bill for
    others defense. Ex. NATO, Japan, and etc..

    Being a paper tiger, just doesn’t cut it. With Trump, our opposition will be on their heals. While they won’t know his actions, they will fear he’ll react in some manner. Trump will do much more than send a few dozen of advisors. And I believe he will rebuild our military.

    The VA Health Care System has been good to me, but others have not been so fortunate. Under Obummer, we have had promises for years. I am pretty sure, Trump will truly do what he can.

    Trump is right, we have to take care of ourselves first. We can’t be all things to other nations. In Lifeguarding or as a warrior / military member you have a mission, but you don’t have to be reckless.

    Our country is in need of a major course correction. Perhaps it is
    time for someone who is not a professional politician or on the
    take… We need a builder, not a talker.