During a speech about formal policy on Wednesday, GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump announced that he plans to put American security “above all else” if he becomes president, and warning our allies that they will have to defend themselves if they don’t “pay their fair share.”
According to the Associated Press, Trump also said we should ease tensions with Russia, “from a position of strength, only.”
“‘America first’ will be the major and overriding theme of my administration,” Trump said during a 38-minute address at a Washington hotel.
“We must, as a nation, be more unpredictable,” Trump said, reading his remarks off a teleprompter, which is a particularly unusual move for him. The Donald typically speaks off the cuff and has mocked his rivals for giving prepared speeches.
“To our friends and allies, I say America is going to be strong again, America is going to be reliable again,” Trump continued. “It’s going to be a great and reliable ally again.”
Trump spent a large portion of his speech slamming Obama for the way he has handled the crisis in the Middle East, saying the current president has left a legacy of “weakness, confusion and disarray.”
“We’ve made the Middle East more unstable and chaotic than ever before,” Trump said, going on to attack former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her role in the Benghazi terrorist attack.
Unlike other Republicans, Trump said “war and aggression will not be my first instinct” and promised to only deploy combat forces as a last resort.
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