Speaking at the Center for the National Interest, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump laid out his vision for American foreign policy on Wednesday, attacking the Obama administration for a whole host of issues, including the president’s treatment of Israel and the controversial Iran nuclear deal.
After dominating all five of Tuesday’s east coast primary votes, Trump gave his most comprehensive foreign policy speech since his presidential bid began last summer. The appearance came just hours ahead of a “major announcement” by Ted Cruz scheduled for 4 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time.
Echoing past comments, Trump claimed that America’s allies needed to share more of the burden in global affairs, arguing that “our allies are not paying their fair share.”
Trump condemned President Obama’s handling of foreign policy, saying that he had empowered hostile states like Iran, while turning away trusted American allies.
“We have a president who dislikes our friends and bows to our enemies.”
The Manhattan real estate mogul criticized last year’s Iran nuclear deal and pledged emphatically to prevent Iran from acquiring an atomic weapon.
“Iran cannot be allowed to have a nuclear weapon – cannot be allowed – remember that – cannot be allowed to have a nuclear weapon. Under a Trump administration, it will never, ever be allowed to have that nuclear weapon.”