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Donald Trump gave his much advertised foreign policy speech to an audience of supporters and reporters at the Center for National Interest. I watched it out of curiosity to try understand the appeal of Trump to such a broad segment of the American public. The theme of his speech was "America first", which he repeated several times throughout the speech. That sound bite, of course, does have appeal to many and further endears him to his base.
I didn't find much of substance in the speech. If it was meant to provide more details of his foreign policy, it failed. There was little in the speech that he hadn't said on the campaign trail before, but many observers noted that it was more subdued with much of the past harsh criticism for China and Russia removed. He certainly used the occasion to blast the "failed policies of the Obama/Clinton presidency" again and again.
The speech was delivered from a teleprompter and was largely just read in a "low energy" unpassionate monotone. He certainly hasn't developed the art of using a teleprompter like Barack Obama. I actually got a bit bored listening to it, and my mind wandered at times as I lost focus.
I listened to various pundits and politicians praise and blast the speech afterwards depending on whether you are pro Trump or anti-Trump. Likewise in reading articles this morning, the reviews are largely mixed, but overall negative for lacking details. If I were to grade it I would give it a D- because it fell way short of expectations. Overall it just anther version of his "stump speeches" full of platitudes and promises repackaged to sound presidential.
For those interested, here is a transcript of the speech compliments of the Washington Examiner.