January 31, 2018
Today Dr. Duke and Dr. Slattery broke down President Trump’s State of the Union speech, analyzing what he did say and reading between the lines for what he really means. They agree that he looked presidential and gave what was overall a good address. It was of particular note that, while addressing the immigration issue, he said that native born Americans can “be dreamers too” in that they have a right to their own American Dream. He thus emphasized that America first also means Americans first.
Of course, the speech was not without it’s downside. The bluffing and brinkmanship around his immigration proposal involves buying into the idea that amnesty for the “dreamers” is an issue of morality, even if his ultimate goal is to use them as a bargaining chip to revoke the 1965 immigration act. Also, he was unnecessarily belligerent towards North Korea, and his declaration of an open-ended commitment to the 16-year-old Afghan War is a mistake. Dr. Slattery pointed out that these negative aspects of Trump’s foreign policy are a direct result of the Russia Hoax investigation hijacking his foreign policy by preventing a detente with President Putin and ousting General Flynn as his National Security Advisor.
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