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Neocons 'Concerned' With Trump's Foreign Policy

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By    |   Monday, 23 May 2016 08:02 AM

Donald Trump's "America first" platform is pushing neoconservatives into a corner.

And though they're counterpunching in the form of op-eds, for example, eventually a choice will have to be made as Trump's policies advance: accept marginalization within the GOP or throw their support behind Hillary Clinton, a noted neocon herself.

"[Neoconservatives] are concerned for good reason," Michael O'Hanlon, a Democratic defense hawk told The Hill. "It's not just that their stance of foreign policy would be losing … all foreign policy schools would be losing influence under Trump with very unpredictable consequences."

Neocons, whose zenith of power came under President George W. Bush, want to spread America's brand of democracy by all means necessary, including invasions and regime change.

However, Trump's nationalist-first approach to foreign policy is a throwback to take care of America first, and let foreign countries figure it out for themselves. It calls to reject alliances, and trade deals that aren't good for America, and military interventions that cost too much, The Hill reports.

And Trump seems to have tapped into the hearts and minds of millions of Americans who feel the same way.

A recent Pew Research Center poll found that nearly six in 10 Americans said the U.S. should "deal with its own problems and let other countries deal with their own problems as best they can." That approach is more isolationist than neoconservative.

"It's not, 'Oh I really feel that the neoconservatism has come to a bad end and we need to hearken back to the realism of the Nixon administration,'" Danielle Pletka, senior vice president for foreign and defense policy at the American Enterprise Institute told The Hill.

 "I don't think Donald Trump believes in anything but Donald Trump, and that's why the right label for his movement is Trumpism."

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