President Donald Trump gave a bleak, dark speech on his Inauguration day on Friday. One phrase he used that stuck out to me was “America First.” He used that phrase to basically describe his foreign policy.
“We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital and in every hall of power. From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first — America first.”
That phrase and the concept of “isolationism” is not new. This philosophy of staying out of other countries’ problems was used at the beginning of World War II.
Organizations that were against America’s involvement in the war used that phrase, “America First.” That stopped when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.
Is Trump going to take us back to this? Are we going to stay out of the politics of the rest of the world? We are only five percent of the world’s population. We can’t just go hide in our rooms.
Many of our allies are afraid of Trump and his isolationist views. This past summer, former President Obama faced some very worried allies who were scared of what Trump might do.
“We should take some of this seriously and answer it boldly and clearly. But you shouldn’t think that is representative of how the American people think.”
Let’s hope Trump doesn’t cut us from the rest of the world.
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