GOP front-runner Donald Trump seems to be gearing up for the general election, and on Wednesday he gave a speech about his "America first" policy when it comes to international affairs, according to the BBC.
Using his typical hyperbole, Trump called President Barack Obama's approach "a complete and total disaster." Instead of shooting from the hip, Trump relied instead on a teleprompter.
"We will no longer surrender this country or its people to the false song of globalism," Trump said about trade agreements, which he said "tie us up and bring America down.
In the course of his speech, Trump mispronounced the name of the East African nation of Tanzania. Critics, including Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, didn't buy his propositions and took to Twitter to mock him.
Not sure who is advising Trump on foreign policy but I can understand why he’s not revealing their names.— Lindsey Graham (@Lindsey Graham)1461776219.0
Question #1 for Trump: Are we sure the guy running the teleprompter has the pages in the right order? #notmakinganysense— Lindsey Graham (@Lindsey Graham)1461776756.0
Question #2 -- Did teleprompter guy actually write the speech? #notmakinganysense— Lindsey Graham (@Lindsey Graham)1461777025.0
Trump speech is pathetic in terms of understanding the role America plays in the world, how to win War on Terror, and threats we face.— Lindsey Graham (@Lindsey Graham)1461777216.0
Trump’s FP speech not conservative. It’s isolationism surrounded by disconnected thought, demonstrates lack of understanding threats we face— Lindsey Graham (@Lindsey Graham)1461778029.0
Final thought on Trump's foreign policy speech -- Ronald Reagan must be rolling over in his grave.— Lindsey Graham (@Lindsey Graham)1461778290.0
The New York Daily News, which has been consistently merciless to Trump, joined in on chiding him for incorrectly putting the stress on the second syllable in "Tanzania."
PHONETICS NOT INCLUDED: Trump mispronounced 'Tanzania' during a major foreign policy speech https://t.co/D8RFwCqVBw https://t.co/VDZx10cTw3— New York Daily News (@New York Daily News)1461779402.0
Questions? "On what continent is Tanzania?" "I could tell you, but we need to be unpredictable against ISIS."— Guy Benson (@Guy Benson)1461776518.0
Trump was also roundly criticized for what critics were calling "isolationism."
Trump Doctrine. Isolationism, retreat from the world. Tried it in 1915, ended up in a world war. Tried it in 1939. Ended up in a world war.— John Noonan (@John Noonan)1461777138.0
This is a speech aimed not at anyone who understands foreign policy, but at rubes who need to think he gave a speech on foreign policy.— Tom Nichols (@Tom Nichols)1461776601.0