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“America First”

Donald Trump says those two words are at the heart of his foreign policy.

“My foreign policy will always put the interests of the American people and American security above all else. It has to be first. Has to be.”

The Republican front runner laid out his ideas on America and the world yesterday in a speech in Washington.

And unlike his rock-and-roll campaign rallies — he stuck to prepared remarks and read off a teleprompter.

But if you think that means a kinder, gentler Trump — listen to this.

“I challenge anyone to explain the strategic foreign policy vision of Obama/Clinton. It has been a complete and total disaster.”

Trump says he has a plan to defeat ISIS.

But he won’t tell them — or you — what that plan is.

“And then here’s Isis. I have a simple message for them. Their days are numbered. I won’t tell them where and I won’t tell them how.”

He says he won’t let Iran have nukes.

“Iran cannot be allowed to have a nuclear weapon. Cannot be allowed. Remember that. Cannot be allowed to have a nuclear weapon. (Applause)”

And he softens his attitude — sort of — towards the Muslim world.

“We should work together with any nation in the region that is threatened by the rise of radical Islam. But this has to be a 2-way street. They must also be good to us.”

So does any of this ring true?

Will Donald Trump’s foreign policy make America great?

I asked Fareed Zakaria, foreign policy expert and the host of CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS.

“What’s interesting about it at one point though is it was as critical, perhaps even more critical of the George W. Bush administration than the Obama administration.  But on the whole it really was just a mishmash of populist pandering masquerading as foreign policy.”

But, say what you want, Donald Trump has once again managed to control the narrative in the campaign and in the media – a strategy that so far has made him the front runner when just like now, a whole lot of people didn’t believe he know what he was talking about.

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