Contrary to what his critics claim, Donald Trump’s views on how Washington should change its foreign policy are coherent and consistent. First, he thinks economic globalization has been bad for America, so he would rethink free trade and the notion of a borderless world. Second, he would make allies pay more for collective security, so the U.S. doesn’t end up footing most of the bill for Western defense. Third, he would pull back from forward defense of nations that can’t be fixed and involve the U.S. in dangerous regional rivalries. Fourth, he would rebuild the nation’s nuclear deterrent and place less emphasis on arms control. Finally, he would get Washington out of the nation-building business, and prioritize America’s tangible interests over high-minded ideas. I have written a commentary for Forbes here.
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