A White House official reportedly defined the foreign-policy philosophy of President Donald Trump in one succinct phrase.
Jeffrey Goldberg, Editor in Chief at The Atlantic, asked officials in the Trump administration to define a “Trump doctrine” and received many responses. One was the winner as far as Goldberg was concerned.
“The Trump Doctrine is ‘We’re America, Bitch.’ That’s the Trump Doctrine,” a “senior White House official with direct access to the president and his thinking” told Goldberg.
A senior White House official recently defined the Trump foreign policy doctrine for me: “We’re America, Bitch.” https://t.co/UzQX7aahp8
— Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) June 11, 2018
“Obama apologized to everyone for everything. He felt bad about everything,” the official said, while Trump “doesn’t feel like he has to apologize for anything America does.”
What is the Trump Doctrine on foreign policy?
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) June 11, 2018
According to Goldberg:
To Trump’s followers, “We’re America, Bitch” could be understood as a middle finger directed at a cold and unfair world, one that no longer respects American power and privilege. To much of the world, however, and certainly to most practitioners of foreign and national-security policy, “We’re America, Bitch” would be understood as self-isolating, and self-sabotaging.
But the author did admit that there are times when this attitude can come in handy, such as during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis and in negotiating the Iran nuclear deal, which Goldberg said “was imperfect in part because the Obama administration seemed, at times, to let Iran drive the process.”
There were other Trump Doctrine ideas floated and Goldberg noted them as well.
“The third-best encapsulation of the Trump Doctrine, as outlined by a senior administration official over lunch a few weeks ago, is this: ‘No Friends, No Enemies.’” https://t.co/2KDTYwb1Am
— Eugene Scott (@Eugene_Scott) June 11, 2018
.@JeffreyGoldberg speaks to Trump officials and tries to find a foreign policy Doctrine.
1) “No Friends, No Enemies”
2) “Permanent destabilization creates American advantage”
3) “We’re America, Bitch” a.k.a. “The ‘Fuck Obama’ Doctrine”https://t.co/QDryI1ba7c
— Kyle Orton (@KyleWOrton) June 11, 2018
A senior national-security official suggested: “Permanent destabilization creates American advantage,” explaining that Trump “believes that keeping allies and adversaries alike perpetually off-balance necessarily benefits the United States.”
The president’s recent actions in Goldberg’s view, especially with his strong stand at the G-7 summit and in his upcoming meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, “suggest that the president will be acting on his beliefs in a more urgent, and focused, way than he did in the first year of his presidency, and that the pace of potentially cataclysmic disruption will quicken in the coming days.”
“And so, understanding Trump’s foreign-policy doctrine is more urgent than ever,” the editor in chief added.
Administration officials and friends of the president who spoke with Goldberg believe Trump “is rebuilding American power after an eight-year period of willful dissipation.”
“People criticize [Trump] for being opposed to everything Obama did, but we’re justified in canceling out his policies,” one of the president’s friends told Goldberg, describing the Trump Doctrine.
“There’s the Obama Doctrine, and the ‘F**k Obama’ Doctrine,” he said. “We’re the ‘F**k Obama’ Doctrine.”
Now all the civility hypocrites who cheered Bobby “F**k Trump” DeNiro and Samantha “Ivanka is a C–t” Bee will get their panties in a wad over “We’re America, Bitch.” https://t.co/2CpefU2DNr
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) June 11, 2018
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