We’ll Be Safer If Trump Stops Talking Foreign Policy

I beg of you, President Donald Trump: please stop discussing foreign policy publicly.

Protecting the United States from external threats is a complicated enough task even when handled with the utmost consideration. Since taking office, President Trump has repeatedly and unnecessarily demonstrated his ignorance on foreign issues, jeopardizing already tenuous relationships and thereby threatening the country’s safety.

In just a few short months into his term, Trump has made a number of avoidable gaffes relating to foreign policy, including but not limited to:

  • Trump basically taunted North Korea with an ill-advised tweet where he accused the country of “looking for trouble.” In calling out a country that’s been happy to test out its new weapon capabilities, it seems like Trump is the one looking for trouble.
  • Speaking of North Korea, even after increasing tensions between the country and the U.S., it appears that Trump has no idea who is even the leader of that country. Rather than saying Kim Jong-un’s name, he continually referred to Jong-un as “that gentleman” to a reporter. Further, he spoke of him as though he’d had power since the Bill Clinton administration, even though it was Kim Jong-il who was in charge then.
  • After condemning China for its relationship with North Korea, Trump had a 10-minute chat with President Xi Jinping and decided that diplomacy is “not so easy” after all. While it’s good for Trump to realize that foreign relations aren’t often plainly black and white, the comment also showed other nations just how little Trump understands.
  • Trump boasted of recent missile attacks on Iraq to a reporter, who had to gently correct him that he had actually fired the missiles at Syria. Incidentally, Trump was able to recall the piece of chocolate cake he was eating at the time quite vividly.
  • In what should have been a routine phone call with the Australian Prime Minister, Trump let the conversation with a longtime American ally turn into something ugly, bragging to the head of Australian over petty issues. It’s not smart policy to turn friends into foes for no reason aside from Trump feeling tired.

Trump may have found shooting from the hip to be a winning campaign strategy domestically, but when it comes to global diplomacy, he’s going to need to be both smarter and more judicious in his choice of words.

Although it doesn’t seem unreasonable to want the president to have a better grasp on foreign matters than he’s showcased so far, no one actually expects the president to know everything. Every president has advisors with a much better understanding of the extensive history and cultural issues of foreign nations.

Prior to being elected, Trump pledged to hire “the best people.” It’s time to follow through with that promise, and let those best people do the talking. It’s not a sign of weakness for Trump to say, “My people know much more than I do about the situation in North Korea, so I’ll defer to them.”

Trump has continually said that American safety is his top priority, but he can’t ensure that when he recklessly endangers our relations with other foreign leaders. If he really wants to keep us safe, it’s time he admits what he doesn’t know and stops making ignorant comments that leave us more susceptible to attack.

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105 comments

Marie W
Marie W3 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Darlene Buckingham
shawn arscott7 months ago

David: There may be fake news about Hilary but there are many true stories that have evidence to back them up that are very troubling about her behaviour. Unfortunately, there are not any political candidates at this time in human history that put ethics first. Politics is based on money, power and secrecy. No wonder the biggest agencies in the US are security agencies because politicians know they lie and believe that all other people lie on Earth and want power and money like they do. They have no understanding of what it is to value life and be more than happy to live on beautiful Planet Earth in peace and harmony.

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Darlene Buckingham
shawn arscott7 months ago

Rhoberta:
Comment to me from you. 'I would suggest that you start at the beginning of this article and any others that you want to stir up trouble on and SEE where it goes off the rail." You asked to start at the beginning of the article and you were the first to make a derogatory comment. Take responsibility for the way you behave on these forums. Anyone else that thinks that name-calling is OK or making blatant false statements is like Trump. You have to laugh that Trump is saying he has done more for America than any other President in the first 100 days. This is so obviously false yet he has no qualms at all about saying this. Nobody appreciates a person who does not tell the truth and then blames others for their mistakes and bad behaviour. The fact that Trump is not speaking the truth is not making the world a safer place.

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Brian F
Brian F7 months ago

Diane Feinstein took 2.1 million from the criminal healthcare industry, and refused to support single payer universal healthcare, so we can't just refuse to criticize these corrupt establishment corporate democrats as well as this fraud Trump, because we desperately need single payer universal healthcare in this country.

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Brian F
Brian F7 months ago

Jennifer H We all get that this imbecile Trump needs to be terminated as soon as possible, but the democrats have to have an alternative message. But David Youman's problem is that you can't only bash this fraud Trump, the low hanging fruit, but not also question the message the democratic party has, which is that they are corrupt, in the pockets of Wall Street, and just as bad as the republicans. The democrats have learned nothing from their defeat, and cheating Berne Sanders out of his election, and are continuing to keep Bernie Sanders from having any power, so they can continue their corruption, and make millions from Wall Street, big pharma, banks, and corporations. It's like having two diseases, cancer, and heart disease. If you only worry about heart disease, you will still die of cancer. You have to worry about both diseases. In the same way we need to worry about the republicans and this fraud Trump, but also the corrupt democrats who are refusing to support progressive positions that this country desperately needs.

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Brian F
Brian F7 months ago

Jennifer H No one is questioning that this fraud Trump is a crook and a liar, who needs to be impeached. The problem is that the democrats under Tom Perez are corporatist and Wall Street shills, and just as corrupt as the republicans. People aren't going to accept a fraudulent democratic party anymore that refuses to accept single payer universal healthcare, free colleges, a $15.00 an hour minimum wage, and marijuana legalization. It's not enough just to criticize this fraud Trump, if the democrats are just as corrupt, and offering nothing and refusing to support progressive policies this country desperately needs. The democrats are blocking true honest progressives like Bernie Sanders from having any power, so they can continue their corruption, and make millions from Wall Street, banks, big pharma, and corporations. David Youmans is wrong to only want to talk about this fraud Trump, but refuse to also want to about the corrupt corporate owned democratic party, that's just as corrupt as the republicans, and refuses to support progressive policies this nation desperately needs.

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Jennifer H
Jennifer H7 months ago

Agree with David Youmans! Why don't we just turn this into the Brian F show so he can just cut and paste the same comment throughout the posts. It gets hard to avoid. The facts are Rump knows no facts - no matter what party ANYONE is from. Rump doesn't want to know facts. Rump wants to make them up. He put incompetence in each post because he doesn't want anyone with anymore qualifications than he has not to mention they are all in it for the long-term financial gains. All you have to do is look at his cynical smirk to realize that. He needs to shut up and get off twitter and try to act like an adult.

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Brian F
Brian F7 months ago

Rhoberta E What Darlene is saying is that people are turned off by your negativity, and the way you call people names who you disagree with. Try to argue your point of view, and refrain from calling people names, and then people could respect you.

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Margie FOURIE
Margie FOURIE7 months ago

I cant sign the petition, the world is at risk if North Korea retaliates, not just USA.

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E7 months ago

Darlene B
The simple fact that you have ONLY singled out MY comments here says that in fact YOU are trolling me and my comments.
There were other inflammatory comments made by other members, but because there is history you stalk mine !!...
Sorry other members for this little digression from the topic. Check with Darlene too

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