Spoiler Alert: Donald Trump Has Bad Judgement

Trump has proven to the American people that they cannot trust him with the nuclear codes.Trump fails the commander-in-chief test. His judgement and knowledge of foreign policy and affairs is dangerous, plain and simple.

The Trump Doctrine

Plans To Alienate Key Allies

Among (many) other things, Trump appears to have little to no appreciation of diplomacy and the central importance of the United States’ relationships with its allies.

Trump has not only floated that the United States should leave NATO, but even proposed setting up a protection racket under which the U.S. would force allies to “reimburse us the way we should be reimbursed” by threatening to withdraw troops should they not increase payments.
Trump has similarly trashed the United Nations, calling it a “disaster” that “[w]e get nothing from.”

Ignorance On Foreign Affairs

OK, so Trump doesn’t understand the value and importance of alliances. Far worse, however, is his striking ignorance of current foreign affairs, which he’s continued […]

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Burr Behind Unpredictable Trump

Donald Trump is on the path to securing the Republican nomination, and Richard Burr couldn’t be happier, contending that Trump is going to do well in places Republican candidates have struggled in the past.

Burr acknowledged that with Trump, “you can’t predict what he’s going to do.” Given that Burr is running on his national security record, perhaps he should give pause to supporting a candidate that has wildly oscillated between praising Putin as someone that he’d, “Get along very well with,” to advocating shooting down Russian planes.

Trump’s forays into foreign policy have been described by other Republicans as “not exactly coherent,” but Richard Burr is more than happy to stand behind the unpredictable front-runner.

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11 Months Later, Trump STILL Won’t Reveal His “Very Beautiful” Plan To Defeat ISIS

We had plenty of contradictions and an abundance of hazy assurances during Donald Trump’s mess of a foreign policy speech yesterday. One thing notably missing: Trump’s secret plan to defeat ISIS.

Remember this?

In a June meeting with the Des Moines Register Editorial Board, Trump claimed to have “an absolute way of defeating ISIS,” in vague terms describing the master plan as “decisive and quick, and very very — it’d be very, very beautiful.”

At the time, he declined to elaborate further for fear that other candidates might steal the plan. But now that Trump considers himself the presumptive nominee, there’s no danger of anyone else stealing it. So let’s hear it, Donald.

Listen to Trump tease his “very beautiful” master plan here:

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But In Russia, Trump Foreign Policy Endangers You

Donald Trump’s dangerous foreign policy speech was rightly criticized from all corners of America yesterday, but he found praise in…Russia, of all places.

The feeling is apparently mutual.

Trump recently said of Putin, “I think that he’s a strong leader, he’s a powerful leader” and “I think I would probably get along very well with Putin.”

When the most praise you’re getting on “America First” foreign policy is from Russia, it might be time to reassess your priorities…

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Trump Contradicted Himself Bigly In Today’s Foreign Policy Speech

Donald Trump’s word-salad foreign policy address today was rife with glaring contradictions — not just internally, but also with the inflammatory rhetoric and foreign policy proposals that he’s been touting for months. (Also, he butchered his pronunciation of Tanzania. Apparently, teleprompters aren’t as easy as he thought.)

Here are a few of Trump’s most obvious contradictions from this afternoon:

 

OUR ALLIES DONT TRUST US… NOR SHOULD THEY?

[O]ur friends are beginning to think they can’t depend on us…your friends need to know that you will stick by the agreements that you have with them.”

But…

We must as, a nation, be more unpredictable.” (Also today.)

And…

Europe is a big place. I’m not going to take cards [of using nuclear weapons in Europe] off the table.

WE’RE GOING TO REBUILD RELATIONSHIPS WITH OUR OLDEST ALLIES… BUT FIRST, I’LL MAKE THEM PAY US

We’ve picked fights with our oldest friends, and […]

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Trump’s Foreign Policy: “Not Exactly Coherent”

Donald Trump delivered the first major foreign policy speech of his candidacy and the result was–to be charitable–less than impressive. Trump has relied solely on inflammatory rhetoric to energize the Republican base. That was probably a good decision as today’s disaster reveals how unprepared Trump is to approach matters of substance.

Mike Rogers, the former Republican chair of the House Intelligence Committee, found Trump’s remarks to be “not exactly coherent.”

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Fareed Zakaria was even less impressed with Trump’s effort, describing the speech as “rambling to the point of incoherent.”

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Nick Paton Walsh, CNN’s Senior International correspondent, referred to parts of Trumps’s speech variously as “a huge exaggeration”, “not true”, “very dismissive”, “somewhat confusing”, and “emblematic of the simplification” of Trump’s approach to foreign policy.

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Donald Trump’s campaign has been driven by anger and bombast. With today’s attempted pivot to more substantive issues, Trump demonstrated that his reliance on himself and “the shows” as policy […]

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MEMO: Donald Trump Is Dangerous And Fundamentally Unprepared To Be Commander In Chief

MEMO
TO: Interested Parties
FROM: Jessica Mackler, President, American Bridge 21st Century
RE: Donald Trump Is Dangerous And Fundamentally Unprepared To Be Commander In Chief
DATE: April 27, 2016

I watch the shows.” That’s where Donald Trump said he got his military and foreign policy advice as recently as August. And Trump’s given us no reason to believe he’s switched up that strategy in the last few months. Day in and day out, Donald Trump continues to prove that he’s woefully unprepared to be commander in chief, demonstrating not just a baffling ignorance of world affairs, but also an erratic and petty temperament that is dangerous and ill-suited for diplomacy. Still, with a seasoned veteran of the 2012 Geneva International Model United Nations on his side, the sky’s the limit.

In all likelihood, Donald Trump’s speech today won’t portray him as any more prepared to be commander in chief than have his past outbursts and moments […]

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Let’s Count The Ways Donald Trump Made News Tonight

Cruz Goes After The Islamophobe Vote With Anti-Muslim Hardliner Frank Gaffney

Ted Cruz, who voted against condemning Donald Trump’s deplorable proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the United States, is further upping his Islamophobic credentials by bringing “prominent anti-Muslim activist” Frank Gaffney on board his campaign as a foreign policy adviser.

It turns out Donald Trump — who also egregiously claimed, “Islam hates us” — isn’t the only Republican candidate for president going after the Islamophobe vote. Trump is, however, the only candidate with no foreign policy advisers other than himself.

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