Donald Trump finally has a name for his brand of foreign policy, a fusion of business tactics and strategies the thinks will restore America to its former glory: “America First.”
“I’m not isolationist, but I am ‘America First,’” Trump said in an interview with The New York Times released Saturday. “We have been disrespected, mocked, and ripped off for many, many years by people that were smarter, shrewder, tougher,” he said, going back to his “Apprentice” roots and demanding the U.S. make better deals with its allies.
“So America first, yes, we will not be ripped off anymore. We’re going to be friendly with everybody, but we’re not going to be taken advantage of by anybody,” Trump said.
The U.S. is up to $21 trillion in debt, he said, and a lot of that is “all of these horrible, horrible decisions.”
“(We’re) protecting Saudi Arabia and not being properly reimbursed for every penny that we spend,” he said, alleging that the U.S. pays for bases in the country while it’s raking in “a billion dollars” a day.
Trump also said that as president he would reevaluate some of the United States’ existing relationships with its allies, including Japan and South Korea, and he called NATO ‘obsolete.’