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Is Trump's 'Fire and Fury' an End to 'America First'?

Is Trump's 'Fire and Fury' an End to 'America First'?

Thursday, 10 August 2017 09:05 AM Current | Bio | Archive

President Trump's “fire and fury” shot Wednesday at North Korea has Republicans nationwide wondering whether his campaign promise of “America First” is finished.

“Yes, it is,” said former Texas Republican Chairman Tom Pauken, an early Trump supporter. “He has surrounded himself with war hawks and interventionists who are giving him bad advice. He needs to replace [retired Gen. Henry] McMaster at the National Security Council with someone like retired Col. Douglas Macgregor, whose views are more aligned with what Trump ran on in the campaign.”

Trump's controversial remark seems to fly in the face of America's nation-building and his hands-off views.

But most of the Republican leaders who spoke to Newsmax gave Trump the benefit of the doubt. They agreed that the Pyongyang regime presents enough of a threat to the world that the U.S. should deal with it and the president is right to use the strong language he did.

“No, I don't see it that way,” said attorney Marc Scaringi, co-chairman of Trump’s Pennsylvania campaign in 2016. “At this point, Trump is only expressing his anger, and the anger of many Americans, in response to repeated threats from North Korea.”

“I don’t think he’s abandoned his base on foreign policy,” former Washington State Republican Chairman Kirby Wilbur told us. Many of Trump's supporters were upset with America not being tough enough with the real bad guys, and North Korea is seen as one of them.”

Wilbur, now a popular radio talk show host, added his belief that “the grass-roots will be fine with this. We're not talking about regime change or nation-building, we're talking about massive retaliation if they attack us. And they have publically threatened to do so.”

“Holy cow North Korea is threatening America not France or Uruguay!” exclaimed California GOP National Committeeman Shawn Steel, a conservative activist since he was a “Youth for Goldwater” volunteer in 1964. “North Korea is a cancer metastasis that threatens the civilized world. One way or the other its leadership must be eradicated — the sooner the better!”

“What would Hillary have done? Nothing more than talk,” said Hal Daub, former mayor of Omaha, Neb. “American foreign policy has wasted 10 years with North Korea. The U.N. finally gets it because we will not be intimidated any longer. President Trump is narrowing the pathway to succeed without strengthening North Korea's only focus — militarization of the Peninsula.”

Daub argued that “America First” is actually “a domestic GDP rebuilding initiative that is reducing the regulatory burden of the federal central system and it’s starting to work. The grass-roots isn't seeking war or international conflict but they do want America to stand up against tin-horned bullies and despots like Kim and Venezuelan maniacs.”

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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