Whenever the left wants to make President Donald Trump and his supporters sound scary and bigoted, one of the first terms they tar and feather them with is “nationalist.” This is apparently meant to insinuate that Trump’s statement that he plans to put “America first” is somehow a bad thing.
If you thought that had President Trump having second thoughts because of the left’s carping on his America-centric focus, he put that to rest Tuesday night when he told a joint session of Congress that “(m)y job is not to represent the world.”
Trump made the remarks as he laid out his foreign policy, particularly in terms of America’s military interest.
“Our foreign policy calls for a direct, robust and meaningful engagement with the world. It is American leadership based on vital security interests that we share with our allies all across the globe,” the president said, according to The New York Times.
“We strongly support NATO, an alliance forged through the bonds of two world wars, that dethroned fascism and a Cold War and defeated communism,” he continued. “But our partners must meet their financial obligations. And now, based on our very strong and frank discussions, they are beginning to do just that. In fact, I can tell you the money is pouring in.”
“We expect our partners, whether in NATO, in the Middle East or in the Pacific, to take a direct and meaningful role in both strategic and military operations, and pay their fair share of the cost — have to do that,” he continued. “We will respect historic institutions, but we will respect the foreign rights of all nations. And they have to respect our rights as a nation, also.
“Free nations are the best vehicle for expressing the will of the people, and America respects the right of all nations to chart their own path. My job is not to represent the world. My job is to represent the United States of America.“
He added that “America is willing to find new friends, and to forge new partnerships, where shared interests align. We want harmony and stability, not war and conflict. We want peace, wherever peace can be found.”
That’s Trump’s “nationalism.” Sounds awful, right? Oh, wait — it sounds exactly like why America elected him.
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H/T The Daily Caller