Friday, March 3, 2017

Trump's foreign policy statements in his first speech to Congress: Pros & Cons

Trump's foreign policy statements in his first speech to Congress

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The Good

"America has spent approximately six trillion dollars in the Middle East, all this while our infrastructure at home is crumbling. With this six trillion dollars we could have rebuilt our country --- twice."

"... we will also respect the sovereign rights of nations."

"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. But we know that America is better off, when there is less conflict -- not more."

"We must learn from the mistakes of the past --- we have seen the war and destruction that have raged across our world."

"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. America is friends today with former enemies. Some of our closest allies, decades ago, fought on the opposite side of these World Wars. This history should give us all faith in the possibilities for a better world."

The Bad

"I have also imposed new sanctions on entities and individuals who support Iran's ballistic missile program, and reaffirmed our unbreakable alliance with the State of Israel."

"I am sending the Congress a budget that rebuilds the military, eliminates the Defense sequester, and calls for one of the largest increases in national defense spending in American history."

"We strongly support NATO, an alliance forged through the bonds of two World Wars that dethroned fascism, and a Cold War that defeated communism."

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the Good

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his cabinet that Israel and the Trump administration are at odds over settlement construction.SOURCE
  • Trump said: "Russia... this is fake news put out by the media ... I'm here today is to tell you the whole Russian thing, that's a ruse."SOURCE
  • "It's going to be impossible for [me] to ever get along with Russia because of all the pressure [I've] got with this fake story".SOURCE
  • "If we could get along with Russia ... China and Japan and everyone ... it would be a positive thing, not a negative thing".SOURCE
  • "I say it’s better to get along with Russia than not."SOURCE
  • Secretary Tillerson fires much of the seventh-floor staff at the State Department. The seventh-floor was referred to as "the shadow government" in an FBI release.SOURCE
  • “The Israelis are going to have to show some flexibility [onPalestine], which is hard, it's hard to do,” Trump said. Regarding a one-state or two-state solution, he said, “I want the one that both parties [Israel and Palestine] want.”SOURCE
  • NY Times Op-Ed: "Why Trump Is Right on Russia".SOURCE
  • Trump Nixes Elliott Abrams for State Dept. Job.SOURCE
  • Trump Pledges to Restore Peace Along Russia-Ukraine Border.SOURCE
  • Trump: "I say it’s better to get along with Russia than not." And when asked about Putin, who was called a "killer" by the interviewer, Trump responded, "There are a lot of killers. We’ve got a lot of killers. What, do you think our country is so innocent?... take a look at what we’ve done too. We made a lot of mistakes. I’ve been against the war in Iraq from the beginning ... A lot of mistakes, but a lot of people were killed. A lot of killers around, believe me."SOURCE
  • White House: New or expanded Israeli settlements 'may not be helpful in achieving' peace.SOURCE
  • ‘Hard to expect a better start’: Russian lawmakers & economists optimistic after Putin-Trump call.SOURCE
  • White House sources: No plan to revive CIA 'black site' prisons.SOURCE
  • Belgrade Breathes Easier As Trump's Win Marks End to Clinton-Era Interventionism.SOURCE
  • US anti-Russia sanctions failed, united Russians around President Putin – Trump’s advisor.SOURCE
  • Trump: “They have sanctions on Russia -- let’s see if we can make some good deals with Russia, ... For one thing, I think nuclear weapons should be way down and reduced very substantially, that’s part of it.’’SOURCE
  • First sign of enhanced U.S.-Russia relations under Trump: An invite to Syria talks.SOURCE
  • (PRIOR TO TAKING OFFICE) Trump says NATO is "obsolete".SOURCE
  • (PRIOR TO TAKING OFFICE) Trump on ‘Moderate’ Syrian Rebels: ‘We Have No Idea Who These People Are’.SOURCE
  • (PRIOR TO TAKING OFFICE) Trump: "If Putin likes Donald Trump, I consider that an asset, not a liability."SOURCE
  • (PRIOR TO TAKING OFFICE) Trump: Only ‘stupid’ people and ‘fools’ think good relations with Kremlin bad. “Having a good relationship with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing,”SOURCE
  • (PRIOR TO TAKING OFFICE) Trump plans to shrink top intelligence agencies, including CIA. SOURCE
  • (PRIOR TO TAKING OFFICE) Trump sides with Assange on Russia hacking. SOURCE
  • (PRIOR TO TAKING OFFICE) Donald Trump blasts defense contracting titans for overpriced weapons. SOURCE
  • (PRIOR TO TAKING OFFICE) “These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction,” said a statement from the Trump team in response to a secret CIA claim that Russia hacked the elections.SOURCE
  • (PRIOR TO TAKING OFFICE) Trump: "You know, we've been fighting this war for 15 years ... We've spent $6 trillion in the Middle East, $6 trillion, we could have rebuilt our country twice. And you look at our roads and our bridges and our tunnels and all of the-- and our airports are, like, obsolete."SOURCE
  • (PRIOR TO TAKING OFFICE) Trump: "... we will pursue a new foreign policy that finally learns from the mistakes of the past. We will stop looking to topple regimes and overthrow governments, folks ... Our goal is stability, not chaos because we wanna rebuild our country. It's time.""SOURCE
  • (PRIOR TO TAKING OFFICE) "The world must know that we do not go abroad in search of enemies, that we are always happy when old enemies become friends, and when old friends become allies," Trump said at his inauguration.SOURCE
  • (PRIOR TO TAKING OFFICE) Trump Expects to End US Aid to Syrian Rebels.SOURCE

the Bad

  • H.R. McMaster, Trump's choice for National Security Advisoris a "major hawk".SOURCE
  • US to deploy 1000 troops to Poland- 85 miles from the Russian border.SOURCE
  • US troops deploy to Bulgaria as part of NATO operation.SOURCE
  • Hundreds of US Troops, Tanks Arrive in Romania.SOURCE
  • Trump:"Crimea was TAKEN by Russia during the Obama Administration. Was Obama too soft on Russia?"SOURCE
  • Saudi crown prince receives CIA honor for anti-terror efforts.SOURCE
  • US-led coalition air strikes killed 18 Afghan civilians, U.N. says.SOURCE
  • US tanks, infantry fighting vehicles arrive in Estonia amid NATO buildup onRussian borders.SOURCE
  • US to Deploy Navy Destroyer Off Yemen Coast. SOURCE
  • Onetime neocon golden boy Elliott Abrams - an actual American war criminal - may become Trump's second-ranking diplomat.SOURCE
  • Trump: 'Nothing Off the Table' On Iran. SOURCE
  • US sanctions Iran after missile test.SOURCE
  • Nikki Haley just delivered the Trump administration's most hawkish words yet toward Russia.SOURCE
  • Many Civilians Among the Dead After US Raid in YemenSOURCE
  • President Trump said he believes that "torture works"SOURCE
  • The first arms sales of the Trump administration: $1.85 billion to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Britain and Kenya (pending congressional approval).SOURCE
  • U.S., Coalition Continue Strikes Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq. SOURCE
  • Trump’s First Big Mistake - proposed Syria "safe zones" a disaster waiting to happen.SOURCE
  • NATO has our 'unshakeable commitment', Pentagon chief vows.SOURCE
  • US declines to send formal delegation to Syria peace talks, citing timing issues; will instead send an ambassador. SOURCE
  • Yemen Reports First US Drone Strikes Under Trump - 10 Killed in Two Strikes.SOURCE
  • Donald Trump's top team don't all agree with him on Russia. SOURCE
  • Ron Paul: Tillerson Laid Out a Neocon Foreign Policy in Senate Hearing.SOURCE
  • Tillerson Wants to Provide Saudi Arabia With More Help to Bomb Yemen.SOURCE
  • Mattis: US Needs to Be Ready to ‘Confront’ Russia. 

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