VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidate John Delaney On Foreign Policy
Rep. John Delaney (D-Maryland), a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, wants U.S. foreign policy to revert to the norm after our experience with Trumpism. He explained to uPolitics.com exclusively what he would address first on the international front.
“I’m generally more in sync with what I like to call the post-World War II model for U.S. foreign policy, which I define as engaging diplomatically, economically and of course having a very strong military,” said Delaney before adding it is crucial to work “through our allies to create a world that’s more peaceful and secure.”
Delaney took a swipe at President Donald Trump, blasting him for his “go-it-alone” approach to foreign policy by weakening the United States’ relationship with key allies.
The Maryland Democrat added he would never meet a foreign leader without his top diplomat and chief economic adviser in the same room at any given moment.
Delaney also revealed he supports the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a multi-nation trade deal with Asian nations instituted by President Barack Obama that Delaney said was an effective way of “balancing out Chinese influence in the region.”
The TPP proved to be a very divisive issue even among Democrats during the 2016 election. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) said he opposed the pact, and although Hillary Clinton initially supported the partnership, she eventually voiced her opposition to it as well.
The next U.S. president will likely have to grapple with several key international issues like North Korea and Iran’s nuclear capabilities, securing peace in the Middle East, and establishing fair economic relations with key allies like Canada, Great Britain and France.