President Donald Trump's penchant of starting feuds on Twitter was the subject of criticism from former national security adviser Susan Rice during a speech on Tuesday, Politico is reporting.
"We can't allow Twitter wars to become shooting wars," the former adviser to President Barack Obama said at the Center for American Progress' Ideas Conference in Washington, Politico reported.
"Since I left the White House, I've become deeply concerned that the United States is squandering one of our greatest strategic assets: America's leadership of the world," Rice said.
"It seems that the current administration looks at the world and sees only threats: immigrants, refugees, Muslims, Mexicans, even trade. It's America first and the rest of the world last," she added.
Partisan politics has consumed the nation in a "national funk," and that negative tone spreads to the rest of the world, Rice said.
She also slammed the notion that the U.S. should only help nations where it has a business interest.
"Our soldiers did not fight as part of some global protection racket. They died for the rights of all people to live in freedom, dignity, and equality," Rice said.
"Make no mistake: The world watches very carefully what we do and say," she said at another point in her speech, which was posted on Medium.
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