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|New York Daily News||-|
Donald Trump finally laid out on Wednesday a comprehensive foreign policy plan he would apply as President: Trust me. In a rare and rambling speech that had been touted as his first major foreign policy address, the Republican presidential front-runner ...
In a rare and rambling speech that had been touted as his first major foreign policy address, the Republican presidential front-runner offered only his usual bromides of promising to prioritize American interests and negotiating "great" deals, and took multiple potshots at President Obama and Hillary Clinton.
Over the course of the hour-long talk at the stately Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., Trump shared a long-winded five-pronged approach to what foreign affairs would look like if he were elected in November, including making U.S. allies "pay their fair share" and assuring that "our friends" in the world "can depend" on the U.S.
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But when it came to specifics on everything from fighting terrorists to renegotiating trade and security deals, the brash billionaire provided little to no details, suggesting instead that his countrymen simply trust him.
But when it came how he could best make the world and the country safer, Trump offered nothing, suggesting the U.S. simply trust him.
"We've made the Middle East more unstable and chaotic than ever before,'' Trump said later, before explaining that he would ask America's allies in the Muslim world to help fight ISIS and other terrorists.
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"Our resources are totally over extended," Trump said. "Our allies are not paying their fair share."
But how would Trump fix those problems?
He just will. Trust him. Because the U.S. "will win again" if he's elected.
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Fresh off a five-victory sweep Tuesday night that will ease his path to the nomination, Trump has faced increasing questions over the lack of consistency and lack of detail is his foreign policy proposals — a concern that his speech was designed to shore up.
But Trump, who used a teleprompter for the address, actually used his speech to call for less consistency and more surprises in foreign affairs.
In addition, the self-proclaimed "presumptive nominee" charged Obama and Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee, with having created "a reckless, rudderless and aimless foreign policy" — which later earned a comical rebuke from the White House.
The blustery billionaire at times stumbled with his pronunciation of several words, including the country of Tanzania and the city of San Bernardino — a set of mistakes the White House was quick to point out.
"Apparently the phonetics are not included on the teleprompter," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said during his daily briefing. "All right, on to more serious topics."
The address also drew scorn from former GOP presidential candidate Lindsey Graham, a frequent Trump critic, who lambasted it as “unnerving,” “pathetic in its content” and “scary in terms of its construct.”
“If you had any doubt that Donald Trump is not fit to be Commander in Chief, this speech should've removed it,” the South Carolina senator said on WABC radio Wednesday. “It took every problem and fear I have with Donald Trump and put in on steroids."
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