Out of all the criticism leveled at presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, some of the most serious involves his expertise, or lack thereof, in the realm of foreign policy. And instead of showing his critics that he does, in fact, understand the world and what is going on, when Trump offers his thoughts on America’s relations with other nations, he largely proves his critics right.
“The Donald” spoke to Fox News’s Bret Baier on Special Report, where he talked about a number of different issues, including foreign policy. Baier asked him about ISIS, and the answer showed that Trump seems much more interested in bombing and torturing than actually knowing anything about the people he wants to bomb and torture.
Baier goes back to something Trump said during the Iowa campaign when he claimed that he knows “more than the generals do” about ISIS. “What’s your assessment of the leader of ISIS?” Baier asks.
“Well, they’ve had numerous leaders,” is Trump’s reply. “We don’t even know who the leader is.”
Except that we do, because he declared himself “caliph” of the Islamic State. His name is Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. And it appears that the soon-t0-be nominee of the Republican party had no idea of that.
That was bad enough. It gets worse.
At last weekend’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, President Obama made this joke about Trump’s knowledge and experience in foreign relations:
The Republican establishment is incredulous that he is their most likely nominee — incredulous, shocking. They say Donald lacks the foreign policy experience to be President. But, in fairness, he has spent years meeting with leaders from around the world: Miss Sweden, Miss Argentina, Miss Azerbaijan.
Baier mentions that Trump has declined to say whether he has ever spoken to Russian strongman Vladimir Putin, and once again Trump replies that he has “no comment.” Then he says this:
I know Russia well. I had a major event in Russia two or three years ago — the Miss Universe contest, which was a big, big, incredible event, an incredible success. I got to meet a lot of people.
No doubt he spent countless hours discussing Russian military aggression while chatting up Miss Ukraine. When you hear Trump offer up a beauty pageant as an example of his foreign policy experience, you can’t help but wonder if you should start working on that backyard bomb shelter again that you set aside when the Berlin wall came down. Yeah, it’s that serious.
Here are Trump’s remarks on foreign policy, via Fox News:[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aM5azlj7m7c?t=15m9s]
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