April 27, 2016


[Speaking at the Mayflower Hotel today in Washington] Trump said his foreign policy “will always put the interests of the American people and American security above all else.”

“It has to be first. Has to be. That will be the foundation of every single decision that I will make,” he said. “America first will be the major and overriding theme of my administration.”

“Our foreign policy is a complete and total disaster. No vision. No purpose. No direction. No strategy… We’re rebuilding other countries while weakening our own. Ending the theft of American jobs will give us resources we need to rebuild our military, which has to happen and regain our financial independence and strength. I am the only person running for the presidency who understands this and this is a serious problem. I’m the only one — believe me, I know them all, I’m the only one who knows how to fix it.”

The GOP front-runner criticized allies for “not paying their fair share” for security assistance — and he issued a border wall-style ultimatum.

“We have spent trillions of dollars over time on planes, missiles, ships, equipment, building up our military to provide a strong defense for Europe and Asia,” Trump said. “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. We have no choice.”

As John Podhoretz tweeted, “This is basically a Rand Paul speech.”