During his 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump ran on the platform of ending regime change and maintaining peace with foreign nations. He was critical of the Iraq War, intervention in Syria, and Obama’s war in Libya.
Speaking in Cincinnati just weeks after winning the election, Trump told the crowd:
“We will pursue a new foreign policy that finally learns from the mistakes of the past. We will stop looking to topple regimes and overthrow governments, folks. Our goal is stability, not chaos, because we want to rebuild our country.”
He even reiterated this stance during is inaugural address two weeks ago, stating:
“It is the right of all nations to put their own interests first. We will not impose our way of life on ANYONE.”
A week ago he even took to Twitter to condemn Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham for trying to get us into World War 3.
And when asked about Vladimir Putin being a killer in an interview with Bill O’Reilly which will be aired before the Super Bowl tonight, Trump replied:
“There are a lot of killers. We have a lot of killers. Well, you think our country is so innocent?”
So far Trump’s foreign policy has been an anomaly. It is encouraging that he seeks peace with Russia and uses non-interventionist rhetoric, but so far his continuation of Obama’s drone program has been disappointing, as has his hostility towards Iran. Albeit he has only been in office for a little over two weeks, so hopefully he will soon begin to practice what he preaches.