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Levin: The Trump Doctrine

Conservative Review

Monday night on the radio, LevinTV host Mark Levin discussed the ongoing debate over the U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian general and terrorist mastermind Qassem Soleimani and how it fits into President Donald Trump's foreign policy doctrine.

The Trump Doctrine, Levin explained, rejects the foreign policy tenets of both the Obama and Bush administrations, which, he said, were guided largely by overarching principles of appeasement and interventionism, respectively.

"So what's the Trump Doctrine? I say it's much like the Reagan Doctrine, but it has its own features to it," Levin explained. "He believes in having the number-one military on the face of the earth, so he's had to rebuild the military that, under the Obama Doctrine, they degraded. But he doesn't believe in these interventions; he doesn't believe in state-building. So he rejects the Obama Doctrine when it comes to the United States military and weakening it. He rejects the Bush Doctrine when it comes to interventionism and state-building; he saw what happened in Iraq. But he believes in American national security."

Levin later added that Trump "exercises prudence" on questions of foreign policy: "He doesn't say, 'Look, in every case, I'm sending in the United States military,' and he doesn't say, 'In every case, I'm going to appease through diplomacy.'"


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