Amidst news of Trump’s planned withdrawals of American troops in Syria and Afghanistan, Rogin wrote that “Trump is listening more than ever” to Paul, who is “quietly steering” American foreign policy towards the president’s proposed America First policy.
Since his presidential campaign began, Trump has called for less nation-building, less foreign military intervention, and more diplomacy, while focusing on rebuilding America.
This piece echoes the sentiment from a Politico piece that said Trump has connected with Paul, especially on foreign policy, at a “gut level.”
Rogin said that many American officials with inside knowledge of Trump’s decision to withdraw from Syria suggested that Paul had an “outsize influence” on his recent foreign policy decisions.
Sen. Paul told CNN last week that he talked to the president about Syria and said he was “very proud of the president.” On December 23, Trump quoted the Kentucky conservative, saying, “It should not be the job of America to replace regimes around the world. … The generals still don’t get the mistake.”
More so, President Trump praised noninterventionism: “America shouldn’t be doing the fighting for every nation on Earth [and] not being reimbursed. We’re no longer the suckers, folks.”
Countering the president’s foreign policy decision, Rogin contended that most Americans and most Republicans favor a “robust” American foreign policy that calls for “American leadership,” not “American retreat,” to our presence in the Middle East.
Rogin then concluded, suggesting that Sen. Paul’s noninterventionist foreign policy vision “is not only dangerous for our national security but bad politics as well.”
Despite Rogin’s claim that Paul’s foreign policy serves as “bad politics,” Trump’s decision to withdraw from both Afg..