US election 2016: Trump to detail his foreign policy

Donald Trump is to detail his foreign policy in a speech, a day after sweeping to a win in five US primaries. Trump will focus on trade and security, his campaign said. He has previously said the US should demand more from its allies. This is the first time he has detailed them in a speech. He will use a teleprompter, having previously said no candidate for the presidency should do so.

Trump says no other candidate will be tougher on ISIS than he will be. He would weaken the militants by cutting off their access to oil. He has also said he supports waterboarding and other strong interrogation methods against IS. And while he says he would stay within the law, he would like laws on interrogation techniques expanded.

The nuclear threat, and the risk of proliferation, is “the biggest problem the world has”, Mr Trump told the New York Times last month. Using a nuclear weapon first would be “an absolute last step”, he said.


Trump has decried what he calls the United States’ position of “the world’s policeman”, and calls it a weakness. He has called for a reassessment of ties with some of Washington’s closest allies.

Speaking to the New York Times about the US-Japan relationship, he said: “If we’re attacked, they do not have to come to our defence, if they’re attacked, we have to come totally to their defence. And that is a, that’s a real problem.”


When it comes to China, he says it should be taken to task on a number of issues in order to make trade with the US more equitable. If elected, he says he will make China stop undervaluing its currency.

Trump once said he was his own best foreign policy adviser, but, in recent months, has expanded his back-room team. Some of his appointments had proved controversial. The team is led by Republican Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama who has helped shape Mr Trump’s policies.

Another member, retired Gen Joseph Schmitz, resigned from the military in 2005 amid accusations of misconduct. However, Mr Schmitz was never charged with wrongdoing. Another adviser, Walid Phares, was criticised when he was named as part of Mitt Romney’s foreign policy team in 2011.


One response

  1. Excellent Mr. Trump! Make America Great Again!

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