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:



[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.”


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


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


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.”


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


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.


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

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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American Bridge Statement on Tonight’s Primary Results

American Bridge 21st Century President Jessica Mackler released the following statement in response to tonight’s Republican primary and caucus results:

“Another day of primary and caucus elections, another big night Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, and another data point indicating that the Republican party is poised to nominate a candidate viewed by members of their own party as not just unelectable, but dangerous to downballot candidates as well.  From tax plans that overwhelmingly benefit the wealthy to dangerous foreign policy, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are leaving mainstream voters far, far behind, and their party is in lockstep behind them.”

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Simplistic Trump Doctrine Foreign Policy Does Not Impress

If you think skipping 60% of Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearings would leave Marco Rubio a foreign policy novice, and ill-prepared to serve as commander in chief, then you are correct, as he, himself, proved at tonight’s debate.

Rubio’s “I totally know what I’m talking about even though I don’t show up” argument isn’t helped by the giddy eagerness with which he, like Ted Cruz, has adopted Donald Trump’s beginner-level foreign policy proposals and apocalyptic rhetoric. Carson, who notoriously “struggl[ed] to grasp foreign policy,” may or may not still running, but even his presence on stage tonight wouldn’t be enough to make these guys look much better by comparison. They’ve all started to sound a whole lot like Donald Trump.

The essence of the Trump Doctrine: Diplomacy is for losers; winners “bomb the sh*t out of them.”

This is a GOP field that’s abhorrently glorified torture and the indiscriminate carpet bombing of civilian-populated […]

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Amateurish Foreign Policy Has The GOP Field Failing The Commander-In-Chief Test

If you didn’t know already, Donald Trump was the Grand Marshal at the Israeli Day Parade in New York a couple years back. That’s just about as much foreign policy experience as Rubio or Cruz have, too.

Marco Rubio, the GOP field’s self-declared foreign policy expert, has skipped 60% of all his Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearings since 2011 while using those committee hearings as the basis of his experience — yet, somehow, the rest of the on-stage candidate’s foreign policy credentials are just as bad.

We learned this fall that Ben Carson was really “struggling to grasp foreign policy,” but he isn’t the only one who comes across as clueless.

Following Donald Trump’s lead, the GOP field has stooped to simplistic notions of proper foreign policy that reject diplomacy as “for the weak,” while glorifying torture and the indiscriminate carpet bombing of civilian-populated areas, a potential war crime. Donald Trump’s “plan” […]

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