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Donald Trump Explains His Foreign Policy Putting 'America First'

On Wednesday, GOP presidential front-runner took the time to outline his foreign policy. He called it the "America first" model to convey how his potential administration may operate. During his 40-minute address, he repeatedly attacked President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. From a Washington hotel, Trump said "We will no longer surrender this country or its people to the false song of globalism. Americans must know that we’re putting the American people first again."

He went on to say, "On trade, on immigration, on foreign policy, the jobs, incomes and security of the American worker will always be my first priority. Both our friends and our enemies put their countries above ours, and we — while being fair to them — must start doing the same."

Although he did not have many policy specifics, his recent address gave the most detailed policy outline he's offered to date, while sharing his deep distrust of the world's global marketplace that started taking form since the end of World War II. His audience consisted of policy officials and think tank analysts. Their response was tepid, and reactions throughout Republican circles in Washington was mixed.

In a radio interview after Trump's address, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said "It was pathetic in its content, and it was scary in terms of its construct. Ronald Reagan is rolling over in his grave after this speech." Although Graham did say Trump delivered a "very good foreign policy speech."

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said in a statement, "I look forward to hearing more details, but in a year where angry rhetoric has defined the presidential race on both sides of the aisle, it is my hope that candidates in both parties will begin focusing not only on the problems we face but on solutions. I believe today’s speech could be an important step in that direction."

If elected president, Trump promised to convene American allies from NATO and Asia for summits to discuss "a rebalancing of financial commitments" and also the adoption of "new strategies for tackling our common challenges," such as terrorism and migration. In addition, he made a brief mention of his policy to temporarily ban Muslim immigration, which "will help us to prevent the next San Bernardino or, frankly, much worse."

He also implied that his newly assembled team of national security advisers would not change. Trump explained, "We have to look to new people, because many of the old people, frankly, don’t know what they’re doing, even though they may look awfully good writing in The New York Times or being watched on television."

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