Posted: 2:46 pm Wednesday, April 27th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
Donald Trump came here to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday to give a foreign policy speech. The political reaction that it spawned most likely foreshadows the way his campaign will be received from now until November.
For only the second time, Trump used a teleprompter to make his remarks – and it showed, as the GOP leader used a more tentative and soothing voice to deliver his speech.
Trump’s main policy plan is to put “America first” – some readers might recognize that from the 20th Century, when the phrase was used by groups that pressed for isolationism by the U.S., to keep us out of another world war.
“America First will be the major and overriding theme of my administration,” Trump said to a smattering of applause.
The full text of Trump’s speech can be found on his website.
On Twitter, the speech played out in a classic all or nothing manner.
GREATEST FOREIGN POLICY SPEECH SINCE WASHINGTON'S FAREWELL ADDRESS.
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) April 27, 2016
There's nothing to criticize in Trump's speech, because there was nothing in it. It was a random phrase generator.
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) April 27, 2016
How consequential can *any* speech by Trump be when he is going to lose in a landslide to Hillary? https://t.co/Rc0gcG5WQ8
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) April 27, 2016
One thing that immediately got the attention of social media was how Trump pronounced the word Tanzania.
Washington elites mock Trump for mispronouncing Tanzania. They don't get it. He said the most important word correctly: America. He gets it.
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) April 27, 2016
At the White House, there was a response as well:
WH Press Secretary Josh Earnest on Trump speech: "Apparently the phonetics are not included on the teleprompter"
— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) April 27, 2016
It was a reminder – if you needed it – that this year’s Presidential race is going to be an all-out fight, no matter who the nominees might be from each major party.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.