Trump Appoints Conservative Scholar at State to Carry Out ‘America First’ Agend
Jay Ell is one of our supporters, along with her Jack Russell, Murphy, below. She often sends us some good commentary. We publish her latest below.
“To effectively implement President Trump’s America First vision means thinking through the President’s ideas and good instincts with the seriousness that they deserve, and that’s exactly what my team and I will do,” Kiron Skinner added.
As director of policy planning, Skinner will head the department’s in-house think tank, which provides strategic gu
idance to the entire building. Conservative foreign policy experts are cheering the move.
“The State Department is about to get a big brain,” ? the Heritage Foundation’s Senior Fellow in Public Diplomacy Helle Dale and Vice President for Foreign and Defense Policy Studies James Jay Carafano wrote Thursday in the Daily Signal.
Skinner was a campaign surrogate for Trump in the lead-up to the election, defending his unconventional foreign policy approach. She wrote in Forbes:
Go beyond this rhetoric, however, and hear Trump’s explanation for America first: ‘The world is most peaceful and most prosperous when America is strongest. America will continue and continue forever to play the role of peacemaker. We will always help save lives and indeed humanity itself, but to play the role, we must make America strong again.’ ??
“Is there any country other than the United States that most Americans would like to see as the organizer of the international system?
“In addition to his politically incorrect rhetoric, Trump seems so much like a foreign policy radical because he is tampering with long-held maxims. One such maxim is that China should not be taken on directly. Yet Trump says the United States cannot be strong militarily when it is weak economically, and its economic plight has a lot to do with China’s ‘assault on American jobs and wealth.’
In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, Skinner described “Trump Doctrine, or America First foreign policy” as one in which the United States exercises global leadership while sharing the burdens of world crises with other countries. She said the last two administrations struggled with a long-term approach to foreign policy after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
“I really see the Trump administration as an opportunity to lead us into a grand strategy,” she told the paper.
She also spoke to WSJ about being the daughter of civil rights activists in San Francisco.
“I care more about the republic than partisan politics in the United States,” she said. ??
“I really feel as an African American that we have a deep stake in the direction of our country and that there’s a natural connection between who we are and America’s role in the world, and that we need to be at the table across all political parties in the United States,” she said.
“My values are fundamentally about America’s role in the world, consistent with the values of security and individual rights, representative government, equality of opportunity,” she said. “And I don’t see a contradiction between who I am and what I’m doing, and how I support our nation.” (what a breath of fresh air at the State Dep`t ! )