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According to the secretary of state, this principle does not mean isolation of America.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has defended the America First Doctrine promoted by President Donald Trump’s administration.
According to the head of American diplomacy, this concept has never meant the isolation of America..
Pompeo said this in an interview with Fox News after criticism from Democrats and some former members of the Trump administration that the principle of “America first” is hurting the country..
One of the critics, former Secretary of Defense James Mattis, wrote in a newspaper article that, from his point of view, “America First” meant “America on its own.”.
“This damaged the country’s ability to solve problems before they come to the United States, and thus exacerbated the danger posed by emerging threats,” the ex-minister said..
Pompeo replied that Mattis was “just fundamentally wrong.”.
“"America first", essentially meant recognizing that when America is protected from within, when America is doing the right thing for its own economy and for our own prosperity, then America will become a force for good in the entire region, and that, in fact, we cannot provide security, increased security all over the world when America is not protected, ”said Pompeo.
Secretary of State said he was “deeply offended” that it was perceived as “America on its own.”.
“I will tell you that our Japanese colleagues, our South Korean colleagues, our Indian colleagues, our Australian colleagues – they all know that … the United States under President Trump has brought them real benefits,” said Pompeo.
“Whether it’s the work we’ve done to build a huge coalition to tackle the socialist Maduro or to tackle the Cubans, these are real coalitions, real things that work. America was not on its own. We did this with our friends and allies based on common interests, ”he added..
Earlier on Tuesday, President-elect Joe Biden said the US was “ready to lead the world, not distance itself from it,” signifying a sharp departure from Trump’s America First credo, which he has held for the past four years..
As he prepares to take office on January 20, Biden said he is convinced that “America is strongest when it works with its allies.”.
“This is how we actually keep America safe without getting involved in unnecessary military conflicts when our adversaries are in control and terrorists stay away,” Biden added..
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