Former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton vowed Friday that he would work to "ensure that America after long years of drift and defeat returns to a conservative foreign policy" that is based on American exceptionalism in "an often hostile world."
"Our worldview rests on the exceptionalism of America faced with an often hostile world that far too often neither understands nor appreciates what makes America different," Bolton told the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor outside Washington. "Our leaders should not expect nor should they seek the approval of the international high-minded.
"We are not looking to be part of an international world order such as that imagined by today's equivalent of the world federalist or many in the European Union," he added. "We have made our own world order.
"People are constantly trying to make decisions for us, and just like the citizens of Britain voted to leave the European Union this past June, we have to fight for American sovereignty."
Bolton was among several CPAC speakers on Friday, including President Donald Trump and former Republican candidate and Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina.
Conservative political commentator Michael Reagan is scheduled to keynote the Ronald Reagan Dinner Friday night. The conference, which began on Wednesday, ends Saturday.
Bolton, whom Trump bypassed for secretary of state, told the gathering that the president's foreign policy should be guided by this principle: "On this Earth, for Americans, there's no authority higher than the U.S. Constitution.
"If anybody tells you that international law is superior to the Constitution," he added, "tell them to tell it to the Founding Fathers."
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