Foreign Policy

"Readjust" Involvement in NATO

"What I'm saying is NATO is obsolete. NATO is -- is obsolete and it's extremely expensive for the United States, disproportionately so. And we should readjust NATO." 
- Donald Trump, ABC News interview, June 2016

SANGER: "My point here is, Can the members of NATO, including the new members in the Baltics, count on the United States to come to their military aid if they were attacked by Russia? And count on us fulfilling our obligations ——"

TRUMP: "Have they fulfilled their obligations to us? If they fulfill their obligations to us, the answer is yes."

- Trump New York Times interview, July 2016

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'Turn around and leave' If Not Properly Welcomed in a Foreign Country

"They have pictures of other leaders who are … coming down with a beautiful red carpet. And Obama is coming down a metal staircase... I’ve got to tell you, if that were me, I would say, ‘You know what, folks, I respect you a lot but close the doors, let's get out of here."
- Trump remarks in Brook Park, OH, September 2016

From the statements given, improper welcomes could include no red carpet, not being met by leaders at the airport, and nondescript or plain jet ramps.

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Ban on Foreign Lobbyists Raising Money for American Elections

"[O]n the first day of my term of office, my administration will immediately pursue the following six measures to clean up the corruption and special interest collusion in Washington, DC:
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SIXTH, a complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American elections."

- "Donald Trump's Contract With The American Voter," October 2016

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Bolster the U.S. Military Presence in the East and South China Seas

"Strengthen our negotiating position by lowering our corporate tax rate to keep American companies and jobs here at home, attacking our debt and deficit so China cannot use financial blackmail against us, and bolstering the U.S. military presence in the East and South China Seas to discourage Chinese adventurism."

- Trump's U.S. - China Trade Relationship Action Plan

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Build The Wall

As part of the End Illegal Immigration Act:

"Begin working on an impenetrable physical wall on the southern border, on day one. Mexico will pay for the wall."

"Fully-[fund] the construction of a wall on our southern border with the full understanding that the country Mexico will be reimbursing the United States for the full cost of such wall."

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Cancel Payments to U.N. Climate Change Programs

"I will begin taking the following seven actions to protect American workers:
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SEVENTH, cancel billions in payments to U.N. climate change programs and use the money to fix America’s water and environmental infrastructure."

- "Donald Trump's Contract With The American Voter," October 2016

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Combat Smuggling Tunnels at Border

"We will use the best technology," he vowed, "including above- and below-ground sensors.... Above- and below- ground sensors, towers, aerial surveillance and manpower to supplement the wall, find and dislocate tunnels and keep out criminal cartels."

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Conditionally Revert Diplomatic Relations With Cuba

"All of the concessions that Barack Obama has granted the Castro Regime were done through executive order, which means the next president can reverse them –- and that is what I will do, unless the Castro Regime meets our demands [for more religious and political freedom]."
- Trump speech in Miami, FL, September 2016

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Conditionally Withdraw Troops from Asia

"South Korea is a money machine but they pay us peanuts ... South Korea should pay us very substantially for protecting them."
-Donald Trump, Interview with Wolf Blitzer, 2016

"We are better off frankly if South Korea is going to start protecting itself ... they have to protect themselves or they have to pay us."
- Donald Trump, Interview with Anderson Cooper, March 2016

 

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Continue Drone Strikes on Terrorists

"And yes, I will also quickly and decisively bomb the hell out of ISIS, will rebuild our military and make it so strong no one — and I mean, no one — will mess with us." 
- Trump Campaign radio advertisement, 2016

"When you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families. They care about their lives, don’t kid yourself. When they say they don’t care about their lives, you have to take out their families." 
- Donald Trump interview on "Fox and Friends," December 2015

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Convene an International Conference on Stopping Radical Islam

"As President, I will call for an international conference focused on [halting the spread of Radical Islam]. We will work side-by-side with our friends in the Middle East, including our greatest ally, Israel. We will partner with King Abdullah of Jordan, and President Sisi of Egypt, and all others who recognize this ideology of death that must be extinguished." 
- Trump speech in Youngstown, PA, August 2016

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Deport All Illegal Immigrants

"[O]n the first day, I will take the following five actions to restore security and the constitutional rule of law:
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FOURTH, begin removing the more than 2 million criminal illegal immigrants from the country and cancel visas to foreign countries that won’t take them back;"

- "Donald Trump's Contract With The American Voter," October 2016

"Move criminal aliens out day one, in joint operations with local, state, and federal law enforcement. We will terminate the Obama administration’s deadly, non-enforcement policies that allow thousands of criminal aliens to freely roam our streets."

- Position Statement

"One of my first acts will be to get all of the drug lords, all of the bad ones -- we have some bad, bad people in this country that have to go out. We're going to get them out; we're going to secure the border. And once the border is secured, at a later date, we'll make a determination as to the rest. "

- Donald Trump, Third Presidential Debate, Oct 2016

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Deport Syrian Refugees

"I hear we want to take in 200,000 Syrians. And they could be - listen, they could be ISIS... I'm putting the people on notice that are coming here from Syria as part of this mass migration, that if I win, if I win, they're going back." 
- Trump speech, October 2015

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End Foreign Trading Abuses that Unfairly Impact American Workers

"I will begin taking the following seven actions to protect American workers:
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FOURTH, I will direct the Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Trade Representative to identify all foreign trading abuses that unfairly impact American workers and direct them to use every tool under American and international law to end those abuses immediately;"

- "Donald Trump's Contract With The American Voter," October 2016

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Have Plan to Defeat "ISIS" Within 30 Days

“[My top generals] will have 30 days to submit to the Oval Office a plan for soundly and quickly defeating ISIS. We have no choice.” 
- Trump speech in Greenville, NC, September 2016

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Impose Tariffs on Chinese Imports

"The only power that we have with China, is massive trade... I would do a tariff, yes — and they do it to us.... I would do a tax. and the tax, let me tell you what the tax should be … the tax should be 45 percent" 
- Donald Trump interview with The New York Times, January 2016

"The 45 percent is a threat that if they don't behave, if they don't follow the rules and regulations so that we can have it equal on both sides, we will tax you. It doesn't have to be 45, it could be less. But it has to be something because our country and our trade and our deals and most importantly our jobs are going to hell." 
- Donald Trump at the Republican Debate, March 2016

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Initiate Trade Complaints Against China

"Instruct the U.S. Trade Representative to bring trade cases against China, both in this country and at the WTO. China's unfair subsidy behavior is prohibited by the terms of its entrance to the WTO."

- Position Statement

"China respects strength and by letting them take advantage of us economically, which they are doing like never before, we have lost all of their respect."

- Donald Trump foreign policy speech, April 2016

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Introduce End Illegal Immigration Act

"I will work with Congress to introduce the following broader legislative measures and fight for their passage within the first 100 days of my Administration:
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7. End Illegal Immigration Act Fully-funds the construction of a wall on our southern border with the full understanding that the country Mexico will be reimbursing the United States for the full cost of such wall; establishes a 2-year mandatory minimum federal prison sentence for illegally re-entering the U.S. after a previous deportation, and a 5-year mandatory minimum for illegally re-entering for those with felony convictions, multiple misdemeanor convictions or two or more prior deportations; also reforms visa rules to enhance penalties for overstaying and to ensure open jobs are offered to American workers first."

- "Donald Trump's Contract With The American Voter," October 2016

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Keep U.S. Troops in Afghanistan

"Do I love anything about it? No. I think it's important, number one, that we keep a presence there and ideally a presence of pretty much what they're talking about -- 5,000 soldiers..."
- Donald Trump statement, October 2015

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Label China a Currency Manipulator

"I will begin taking the following seven actions to protect American workers:
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THIRD, I will direct my Secretary of the Treasury to label China a currency manipulator;"

- "Donald Trump's Contract With The American Voter," October 2016

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Lead a Coalition to Defeat "ISIS"

"Work with our Arab allies and friends in the Middle East in the fight against ISIS.

Pursue aggressive joint and coalition military operations to crush and destroy ISIS, international cooperation to cutoff their funding, expand intelligence sharing, and cyberwarfare to disrupt and disable their propaganda and recruiting."

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Lifetime Ban on White House Officials Lobbying on Behalf of a Foreign Government

"[O]n the first day of my term of office, my administration will immediately pursue the following six measures to clean up the corruption and special interest collusion in Washington, DC:
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FIFTH, a lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government;"

- "Donald Trump's Contract With The American Voter," October 2016

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Make America Energy Independent

"Make America energy independent, create millions of new jobs, and protect clean air and clean water. We will conserve our natural habitats, reserves and resources. We will unleash an energy revolution that will bring vast new wealth to our country.

Declare American energy dominance a strategic economic and foreign policy goal of the United States.

Unleash America’s $50 trillion in untapped shale, oil, and natural gas reserves, plus hundreds of years in clean coal reserves.

Become, and stay, totally independent of any need to import energy from the OPEC cartel or any nations hostile to our interests.

Open onshore and offshore leasing on federal lands, eliminate moratorium on coal leasing, and open shale energy deposits.

Encourage the use of natural gas and other American energy resources that will both reduce emissions but also reduce the price of energy and increase our economic output."

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Move U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

Interview with David Brody, January 18th 2016:

David Brody: "Israel, I know you’ve been talking to the Republican Jewish Coalition about this, it’s a tier-A issue for Evangelicals as it relates to support for Israel. What about this whole embassy question? This idea that the embassy is in Tel Aviv… Cruz and Rubio…"

Donald Trump: "And they want it in Jerusalem. Well I am for that one hundred percent. We are for that one- hundred percent."

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Prevent Iran from Developing Nuclear Weapons

"Iran cannot be allowed to have a nuclear weapon and, under a Trump Administration, will never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon." 
- Donald Trump foreign policy speech, April 2016

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Refuse to Refer to Iran's Leader by the Title "Supreme Leader"

"You know the president calls him the Supreme Leader? I guarantee you I will be never calling him the Supreme Leader. He's not going to be called -- I'll say, 'Hey baby, how ya doing?' I will never call him the Supreme Leader."
- Trump remarks on NBC's Today Show town hall, Atkinson, NH, October 2015

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Renegotiate Iran Nuclear Disarmament Deal

"When I am elected president, I will renegotiate with Iran — right after I enable the immediate release of our American prisoners and ask Congress to impose new sanctions that stop Iran from having the ability to sponsor terrorism around the world.

In fact, if I am elected, I am sure the prisoners will be released before my taking office."

- Donald Trump, USA Today Article, September 2015

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Retain Guantánamo Bay Military Prison

"As far as Guantánamo is concerned, I want to make sure, 100 percent sure, that if we’re going to release people, No. 1 they are going to be people that can be released and it’s going to be safe to release them. We have plenty of bad ones out there, and I would use them for that.”
- Donald Trump interview with the Miami Herald, 

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Strengthen and Expand Nuclear Capabilities

In late December, 2016, @realDonaldTrump posted the following Tweet:

Trump has made sweeping statements in the past about using nuclear weapons, but nothing until this Tweet about specific actions regarding maintaining the U.S. nuclear arsenal.

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Suspend Immigration from Terror-prone Regions

"[O]n the first day, I will take the following five actions to restore security and the constitutional rule of law:
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FIFTH, suspend immigration from terror-prone regions where vetting cannot safely occur. All vetting of people coming into our country will be considered extreme vetting."

- "Donald Trump's Contract With The American Voter," October 2016

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Unconditionally Support Israel

"The Memorandum of Understanding signed by the American and Israeli Governments is a good first step, but there is much more to be done. A Trump Administration will ensure that Israel receives maximum military, strategic and tactical cooperation from the United States, and the MOU will not limit the support that we give. Further, Congress will not be limited to give support greater than that provided by the MOU if it chooses to do so." 
-  Joint statement from Jason Dov Greenblatt and David Friedman, Co-Chairmen of the Israel Advisory Committee to Donald J. Trump, November 2016

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Withdraw from the Paris Climate Change Agreement

@realDonaldTrump tweet, November 2012:

@realDonaldTrump tweet, January 2014:

Trump commenting on Hillary Clinton's climate change action plan: "You can't do what you're looking to do with $20 trillion in debt."

 

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