On Wednesday, Donald Trump delivered his most scripted and serious speech of his entire 10 month presidential campaign at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. He was not the typical Donald Trump that one would expect after following the GOP frontrunner over the course of the past 10 months.
Trump’s theme for the speech was “America First” which, in concept, is hard to argue with. At a time when Obama and John Kerry have bumbled every major foreign policy initiative they’ve tried to engage in from the awful and laughingstock Iran deal and China’s reckless expansionism to the absolutely horrible treatment of our veterans – America desires a new resolve and regard for itself.
Trump: "America First will be the major and overriding theme of my administration."
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) April 27, 2016
His speech is for the most part being praised as showing people he is capable of leading in a serious manner. Not being someone who gives scripted speeches Trump’s delivery while was slow and methodical, wasn’t first-class, but it wasn’t awful either.
During his speech, he spent the great majority of his time reading the teleprompter verbatim – a departure from his normal bomb-throwing. After declaring that he will become the Republican nominee he clearly wanted to disprove his critics when they said that he could not give a speech and address others in a way that was more calm and less offensive to some people.
The speech came off as unique since this is a side of Trump that is not typically seen.
"President Obama has not been a friend to Israel. He’s treated Iran with tender love and care." – Trump
— Katy Tur (@KatyTurNBC) April 27, 2016
During his 40 minute speech to the crowded room holding several hundred people, he stated multiple times that his approach towards foreign policy would be “unpredictable” in conventional Washington terms and also “consistent.” Despite the unusual approach taken by Trump, he was clearly very much efficient in explaining his vision for the world and what he would like to see the world become if he were to be elected as president.
TelePrompter reading is harder than people think.
— gwen ifill (@gwenifill) April 27, 2016
Throughout his speech Trump made it clear that when discussing foreign policy, his slogan is “America First,” which is a phrase that was originally used by Charles Lindbergh when discussing U.S intervention in World War II. While discussing this, he brought up NATO, saying that U.S allies “are not paying their fair share,” and that “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.” Trump started to list the issues and failures of President Obama during his terms as president. He began with Obama’s failure to win Chicago the nomination to host the Olympics back in 2009 and earlier this year when landing in Cuba to meet the Cuban leader. Upon arriving, there was no welcoming party – which was a huge slap to the face to America, from Cuba.
When discussing his platform on destroying ISIS, he stated that he has a singular message for them.”Their days are numbered. I won’t tell them where and I won’t tell them how.” And he will spend “whatever is needed” to rebuild the military so that ISIS can be destroyed.
After delivering his speech on destroying ISIS, he addressed how he will use military force. Similar to that of many recent presidents, he stated that his goal is “peace and prosperity, not war and destruction.” He also stated “I will not hesitate to deploy military force when there is no alternative, but if America fights, it must fight to win. I will never send our finest into battle unless necessary—and will only do so if we have a plan for victory.”
The speech was not without critics. Senator Lindsey Graham, sometimes U.S. Senator, other times internet troll tweeted: “Not sure who is advising Trump on foreign policy but I can understand why he’s not revealing their names.”
Question #2 — Did teleprompter guy actually write the speech? #notmakinganysense
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) April 27, 2016
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