On the Hush

Donald Trump’s New Foreign Policy: Say Nothing

After getting ‘gotcha’ questions from Hugh Hewitt, Trump defends his foreign-policy know-how by refusing to talk about foreign policy.

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He discussed this new strategy on his return to The Hugh Hewitt Show on Monday after accusing the silver-haired talk-radio host of asking “gotcha” foreign policy questions.

“If I won, I don’t want to be talking to Hugh Hewitt and all of these people about what I want to do,” Trump said instead of responding to a question about whether he would send in troops to take nuclear armaments away from Pakistan. “People can’t know exactly what your intentions are. And I tell people that the process that we have is so ridiculous.”

Trump proceeded to rattle off a series of very rational questions one would ask of a person seeking the highest office in the country.

“What are you going to do about ISIS? What are you going to do against this one? You want to have a certain amount of—uh—you want to have a little guesswork for the enemy,” Trump said, seemingly taking a note from the Nixonian doctrine of foreign policy.

“I just don’t want to be telling people—and this is, by the way—this has nothing to do with lack of knowledge because I know as much about Pakistan as most other people. But I will tell you, I don’t want to broadcast my intentions.”

This is at best a premeditated adoption of a technique from a man who also developed a “madman theory” and at worst a new tactic for avoiding saying anything of substance as his campaign trudges on.

Hewitt also threw the climate-change question at Trump that didn’t get answered in the debate. The answer was pretty expected from a person who once tweeted: “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”

“I’m not a believer in global warming,” Trump said during the brief radio hit. “I’m not a believer in manmade global warming. It could be warming and it’s going to start to cool at some point. In the 1920s, people talked about global cooling. I don’t know whether you know that or not. They thought the Earth was cooling.”

He then criticized the current administration’s efforts to combat this made-up problem.

“The problem we have—you look at our energy costs—and all of the things that we’re doing to solve a problem that I don’t think in any major fashion exists,” Trump said. “I mean Obama thinks it’s the No. 1 problem of the world today and I think it’s very low on the list. I am not a believer and I will—unless somebody can prove something to me—I believe there’s weather. I believe there’s change. And I believe it goes up and it goes down and it goes up again.”

Trump has not officially added that verbiage to his issues page yet.

His policy of saying nothing might not only apply to foreign affairs. Trump explained to Greta Van Susteren during an interview Monday night why he didn’t correct a man who suggested the eradication of Muslims in the country at a New Hampshire town hall.

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“It’s not my job to, frankly, defend the president,” Trump said. “The president is capable of defending himself.”

He alleges he thought about saying something to the man besides “We need this question,” but ended up not doing so.

“The fact is, this is the first time in my life that I didn’t say anything and it was a big story,” Trump said. “Usually, I have to say something. This was a case—in fact, people sort of smile about it—I didn’t say anything and it became this massive story.”

Trump did however take the time to wish Scott Walker well, discuss his own poll numbers as he’s wont to do nearly every second he speaks, and weigh in on Ben Carson’s recent remarks about Muslims in higher office.

“If somebody can get elected, that’s what it’s all about. It’s an electoral process,” Trump accurately stated.

“A lot of people agree with Ben. I do think that Ben would also agree though, if properly vetted—the proper people properly vetted, going through an election—I think that anybody who is able to win an election is absolutely fine.”

So any Muslim candidates out there who want to jump on the Trump bandwagon, all aboard!