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  The Place for Politics 2016  MSNBC  April 27, 2016 9:34am-10:01am PDT

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into their nations, there is a considerable palpable concern to the point that when i meet officials, they come up to me and ask should they be worried. >> and -- we're going to the podium. >> thank you to the center for national interests for honoring me with this invitation. it truly is a a great honor. i'd like to talk today about how to develop a new foreign policy direction for our country that
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has ideology with strategy and chaos with peace. it's time to shake the rust off america's foreign policy. it's time to invite new voices and new visions into the fold, something we have to do. the direction i will outline today will also return us to a timeless principle. my foreign policy will always put the interests of the american people and american security above all else. it has to be first. has to be. that will be the foundation of every single decision that i will make. america -- [ applause ] america first will be the major and overriding theme of my administration. but to chart our path forward, we must first briefly take a look back. we have a lot to be proud of.
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in the 1940s we saved the world. the greatest generation beat back the nazis and japanese imperiali imperialists. then we saved the world again. this time from totalitarianism and communism, the cold war lasted for decades but, guess what, we won and we won big. democrats and republicans working together got mr. gorbachev to heed the words of president reagan, our great president, when he said, tear down this wall. [ applause ] history will not forget what he did. a very special, special man and president. unfortunately, after the cold war our foreign policy veered badly off course. we failed to develop a new vision for a new time. in fact, as time went on, our foreign policy began to make
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less and less sense. logic was replaced with foolishness and arrogance which led to one foreign policy disaster after another. they just kept coming and coming. we went from mistakes in iraq to egypt to libya to president obama's line in the sand in syria. each of these actions have helped to throw the region into chaos and gave isis the space it needs to grow and prosper. very bad. it all began with a dangerous idea that we could make western democracies and countries that had no experience or interests in becoming a western democracy. we tore up what institutions they had and then were surprised at what we unleashed. sichl civil war, religious fanaticism, thousands of americans and just killed be lives, lives, lives wasted.
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horribly wasted. many trillions of dollars were lost as a result. the vacuum was created that eiss would fill. iran, too, would rush in and fill that void much to their really unjust enrichment. they have benefited so much so sadly for us. our foreign policy is a complete and total disaster. no vision. no purpose. no direction. no strategy. today i want to identify five main weaknesses in our foreign policy. first, our resources are totally over extended. president obama has weakened our military by weakening our economy. he's crippled us with wasteful spending, massive debt, low growth, a huge trade deficit and open borders. our manufacturing trade deficit with the world is now
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approaching $1 trillion a year. we're rebuilding other countries while weakening our own. ending the theft of american jobs will give us resources we need to rebuild our military which has to happen and regain our financial independence and strength. i am the only person running for the presidency who understands this and this is a serious problem. i'm the only one, believe me, i know them all, i'm the only one who knows how to fix it. [ applause ] secondly, our allies are not paying their fair share, and i've been talking about this recently a lot. our allies must contribute toward their financial, political, and human costs, have to do it, of our tremendous security burden. but many of them are simply not
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doing so. they look at the united states as weak and forgiving and feel no obligation to honor their agreements with us. in nato, for instance, only 4 of 28 other member countries besides america are spending the minimum required 2% of gdp on defense. we have spent trillions of dollars over time on planes, missiles, ships, equipment, building up our military to provide a strong defense for europe and asia. the countries we are defending must pay for the cost of this defense and it if not the u.s. must be prepared to let these countries defend themselves. we have no choice. [ applause ] the whole world will be safer if our allies do their part to support our common defense and security.
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a trump administration will lead a free world that is properly armed and funded and funded beautifully. thirdly, our friends are beginning to think they can't depend on us. we've had a president who dislikes our friends and bows to our enemies, something that we've never seen before in the history of our country. he negotiated a disastrous deal with iran and then we watched them ignore his terms even before the ink was dry. iran cannot be allowed to have a nuclear weapon, cannot be allowed. remember that, cannot be allowed to have a nuclear weapon. [ applause ] and under a trump administration will never, ever be allowed to have that nuclear weapon. [ applause ] all of this without even
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mentioning the humiliation of the united states with iran's treatment of our ten captured sailors so vividly i remember that day. in negotiation you must be willing to walk. the iran deal, like so many of our worst agreements, is the result of not being willing to leave the table. when the other side knows you're not going to walk, it becomes absolutely impossible to win. just can't win. at the same time your friends need to know that you will stick by the agreements that you have with them. you've made that agreement. you have to stand by it and the world will be a better place. president obama gutted our missile defense program and then abandoned our missile defense plans with poland and the czech republic. he supported the ouster of a friendly regime in egypt that had a longstanding peace treaty
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with israel and then helped bring the muslim brotherhood to power in its place. israel, our great friend and the one true democracy in the middle east has been snubbed and criticized by an administration that lacks moral clarity just a few days ago vice president biden again criticized israel, a force for justice and peace, for acting as a patient peace area in the region. president obama has not been a friend to israel. he's treated iran with tender love and care and made it a great power, iran has, indeed, become a great, great power in just a very short period of time because of what we've done and all at the expense of israel,
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our allies in the region and the united states it self. [ applause ] we picked fights with our oldest friends and now they're start ing to look elsewhere for help. remember that. not good. fourth, our rivals no longer respect us. in an even bigger problem is they don't take us seriously anymore. the truth is they don't respect us. when president obama landed in cuba on air force one, to leader was there, nobody, to greet him. perhaps an incident without precedent in the long and press continualous history of air force one that amazingingly the same thing happened in saudi arabia. it's called no respect. absolutely no respect. do you remember when the president made a long and
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expensive trip to copenhagen, denmark, to get the olympics for our country and after this unprecedented effort it was announced that the united states came in fourth, fourth place. the president of the united states making this trip, unprecedented. comes in fourth place. he should have known the result before makinging such an embarrassing commitment. we were laughed at all over the world. the list of humiliations go on and on and on. president obama watches helplessly as north korea increases its aggression and expands further and further with its nuclear reach. our president has allowed china, refuses to endorse trade deals
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and apply leverage on china necessary to rein in north korea. we have the leverage. we have the power over china and people don't understand it. with that power we can rein in and get them to do what they have to do. which is totally out of control. they have engaged in industrial espionage against the united states and its companies. we've let our rivals and challengers think they can get away with anything and they do. they do at will. it always happens. if president obama's goal had been to weaken america, he could not have done a better job. finally, america no longer has a
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clear foreign policy goal. at the end of the cold war and the breakup of the soviet union, we've lacked a coherent foreign policy. one day we're bombing libya and getting rid of a dictator to force democracy for civilians. the country falls and absolutely falls apart. the world is a different place. we're a humanitarian nation. the legacy of the obama/clinton interventions will be weakness, confusion and d and disarray, a mess. we've made it more chaotic than ever before. we left christians subject to intense persecution and even genocide. [ applause ]
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we have done nothing to help the chryistians, nothing, and we should always be ashamed for that. for that lack of action. actions have helped unleash isis and we're in a wore against radical islam but president obama won't even name the enemy and unless you name the enemy you will never solve the problem. [ applause ] hillary clinton also refuses to see the words radical islam even as she pushes for a massive increase in refugees coming into our country. after the failed intervention in libya, terrorists in benghazi took down our consulate and killed our ambassador and three
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brave americans. then, instead of taking charge that night hillary clinton decided to go home and sleep. incredible. clinton blames it on a video, an excuse that was a total lie. our ambassador was murdered and our secretary of state misled the nation and, by the way, she was not awake to take that call at 3:00 in the morning and now isis is making millions and millions of dollars a week selling libya oil. we don't blockade, we don't bomb, we don't do anything about it. it's as if our country doesn't know what's happening which could be a fact and could be true. this will all change when i become president, i say america is going to be strong again. america is going to be reliable
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again. it's going to be a great and reliable ally again. it's going to be a friend again. we're going to finally have a coherent foreign policy based upon american interests and the shared interests of our allies. [ applause ] we're getting out of the nation building business and, instead, focusing on creating stability in the world. our moments of greatest strength came when policies ended at the water's edge. we need a new national american foreign policy formed by the best minds and supported by both parties and it will be by both parties, democrats, republicans,
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independents, everybody, as well as by our close allies. this is how we won the corralled war and how we will win our new future struggles which may be many, may be complex, but we will win if i become president. [ applause ] first, we need a long haul plan to spread the reach of radicalism. containing the spread of radicalism must be a major foreign policy goal of the united states and, indeed, the wor world. events may require the use of military force but it's a philosophical struggle like our strong struggle in the cold war. in this we'll be working with our allies in the muslim world, all of which are at risk from radical violence, attacks, and everything else.
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it is a dangerous world more dangerous now than it has ever been. we should work -- [ applause ] thank you. we should work together with any nation in the region that is threatened by the rise of radical islam but this has to be a two-way street. they must also be good to us. remember that. they have to be good to us. no longer one way. it's now two way. and remember us and all we're doing. they have to appreciate what we've done to them. we're going to help but they have to appreciate what we've done for them. the struggle against radical islam also takes place in our homeland. there are scores of recent migrants inside our borders charged with terrorism. for every case known to the public, there are dozens and dozens more.
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we must stop exporting extremism through senseless immigration policies. we have no idea where these people are coming from. there's no documentation. there's no paperwork. there's nothing. we have to be smart, we have to be vigilant. all you have to do is look at the world trade center and september 11th, one of the great catastrophes, in my opinion the single grittest military catastrophe, worse than pearl harbor because you take a look at what's happened and citizens were attacked as opposed to the military being attacked, one of the true great catastrophes and then there's isis. i have a simple message for them.
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their days are numbered. i won't tell them where and i won't tell them how. we must -- [ applause ] we must, as a nation, be more unpredictable. we are totally predictable. we tell them everything. we send troops, we tell them. we are sending something else, we have a news conference. we have to be unpredictable and we have to be unpredictable starting now. isis will be gone if i'm elected president and they'll be gone quickly, very, very quickly. [ applause ] secondly, we have to rebuild our military and our economy. the russians and chinese have rapidly expanded their military capability but look at what's happened to us.
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our ultimate deterrent has been allowed to atrophy and is desperately in need of modernization and renewable and it has to happen immediately. our armed forces have shrunk from 2 million in 1991 to about 1.3 million today. the navy has shrunk to 272 ships during this same period of time. the air force is about one-third smaller than 1991. pilots flying b-52s in combat missions today. these planes are older than virtually everybody in this room. and what are we doing about this? president obama has proposed a defense budget that in real dollars cuts nearly 25% from
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what we were spending in 2011. our military is depleted and we're asking our generals and military leaders to worry about global warming. we will spend what we need to rebuild our military. it is the single, cheapest investment we can make. we will purchase and build the best equipment known to mankind. our military dominance must be unquestioned, and i mean unquestioned, by anybody and everybody, but we will look for savings and spend our money w e wisely. in this time of mounting debt right now we have so much debt that nobody even knows how to address the problem but i do. no one dollar can be wasted. not one single dollar can we
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waste. we're also going to have to change our trade, immigration and economic policies to make our economy strong and america first again. this will ensure that our own workers get the jobs and higher pay that will grow our tax revenues, increase our economic might as a nation, make us strong fangsly again. so, so important. we need to think smart about areas where our technical superiority gives us an edge. this includes 3d printing, artificial intelligence and cyber warfare. a great country takes care of its warriors. our commitment to them is absolute and i mean absolute. a trump administration will give our service men and women the
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best equipment and support in the world when they serve and where they serve and the best care in the world when they return as veterans and they come back home to civilian life. our veterans -- mra[ applause ] our veterans have not been treated fairly or justly. these are our great people and we must treat them fairly. we must even treat them really well and that will happen under the trump administration. we must develop a foreign policy based on american interests. businesses do not succeed when they lose site of their core interests and neither do countries. look at what happened in the 1990s. embassies in kenya and tanzania,
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and this was a horrible time for us, were attacked and 17 brave sailors were killed on the "uss cole." and what did we do? it seemed we put more effort into adding china into the world trade organization which has been a total disaster for the united states, frankly, we spent more time on that than we did in stopping al qaeda. we even had an opportunity to take out osama bin laden and we didn't do it and then we got hit at the world trade center and the pentagon, again, the worst attack on our country. our foreign policy goals must be based on america's core national security interests and the following will be my priorities. in the middle east our goals must be, and i mean must be, to defeat terrorists and promote
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regional stability not radical change. we need to be clear sighted about the groups that will never be anything other than enemies. we have groups no matter what you do they will be the enemy. we have to be smart enough to recognize who those groups are, who those people are and not help them and we must only be generous to those that prove they are indeed our friends. [ applause ] we desire to live peacefully and in friendship with russia and chin. we have serious differences and must regard them with open eyes but we are not bound to be adversaries. we should seek common ground based on shared interests. srussia, for instance, has also seen the horror of islamic terroris