Trump speech gets praise from Corker, ‘snickering and scorn’ elsewhere

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker praised Donald Trump’s foreign policy speech on Wednesday night, calling it a “great step in the right direction,” reports Politico.

Speaking to MSNBC host Chris Matthews on his program “Hardball,” the Tennessee Republican said that Trump’s remarks, delivered at Washington’s Mayflower Hotel earlier in the day, were “full of substance” and he was “very pleased” with what he heard.

“If you look at the broadness, the vision, I thought it was a major step forward,” Corker said.
Corker also released a written statement urging the billionaire front-runner to be more specific in outlining his new “coherent” vision for America if elected president.

“I look forward to hearing more details, but in a year where angry rhetoric has defined the presidential race on both sides of the aisle, it is my hope that candidates in both parties will begin focusing not only on the problems we face but on solutions,” Corker wrote shortly after Trump spoke.

Other foreign policy hands in both parties were more critical, arguing that Trump’s comments about trade with China and combating the Islamic State in the Middle East lacked specific policy prescriptions and showed dangerous incoherence.

Note: A separate Politico story reports Trump’s speech did not get rave reviews from others involved in foreign policy. It begins thusly:

In his address to an elite, invitation-only Washington foreign policy audience Wednesday, Donald Trump promised that, as president, he would restore a “coherent” vision to America’s role in the world.

But across the ideological spectrum, and even among natural allies, Trump’s speech received a failing grade for coherence and drew snickering and scorn from foreign policy insiders who remain unconvinced that Trump is up to the job.

“It struck me as a very odd mishmash,” said Doug Bandow, a foreign policy scholar at the libertarian Cato Institute, who shares many of Trump’s beliefs about scaling back America’s role abroad. “He called for a new foreign policy strategy, but you don’t really get the sense he gave one.