Republican presidential front-runner, Donald Trump yesterday had a foreign policy sales pitch for United States of America voters and a blunt message for the world; ‘America comes first’.
Trump proposed a sweeping redirection of America’s global role in a major speech, part of a string of planned addresses designed to flesh out what a Trump administration would look like and to establish leadership credentials ahead of an increasingly probable general election clash with Democrat and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The billionaire businessman simultaneously addressed restive American voters and global elites worried by his fiery rhetoric on national security, he stressed that the United States would always put its economic and foreign policy interests first but said that allies in Europe, Asia and the Middle East would benefit from a much stronger, less ambiguous United States role in the world as long as they were prepared to pay up.
Trump said in his remarks at Washington’s Mayflower hotel that, “America first will be the overriding theme of my administration,”, delivered from a prepared text and in a subdued fashion starkly at odds with the free-wheeling rhetorical style that has powered his political rise on the campaign trail.
Trump said, “Under a Trump administration, no American citizen will ever again feel that their needs come second to the citizens of foreign countries”. He added, “My foreign policy will always put the interests of the American people and American security first”.