The Republican candidate ran as a pacifist America Firster.
Now Democrats are calling President Trump a warmonger -- even as President Obama rattles sabers at the nation that has the second largest stockpile of nukes.
From President Trump on September 7:
I would be slower to go to war than Hillary.
I would be very, very cautious. I think I'd be a lot slower. She has a happy trigger. You look, she votes for the wars, she goes in Libya. I think it's a tremendous burden. I think there is no greater burden that anybody could have.
I am totally prepared. But remember this. I found this subject and these subjects of interest all of my life. This hasn't been over the last 14 months. I've found these substantiates of tremendous interest. That's why they were asking me about Iraq 14 years ago. They were asking me these questions. They don't ask businesspeople those questions.
Right here is a list that was just printed today of 88 admirals and generals that I meet with and I talk to. I'm doing a lot of different things. I am studying. You see General Flynn and you see some of the folks that we have, and they're scattered throughout the audience. So we have admirals, we have generals, we have colonels. We have a lot of people that I respect.Got that? I'm gonna listen to my generals and not my political consultants.
Now from Politico:
For much of President Barack Obama's second term, Congress sought to pass a formal authorization for the war against the Islamic State — both to signal the country’s resolve and to provide a check on the president's unfettered war powers.
That failure to act now means Donald Trump will effectively have free rein to wage what he calls a global U.S. war on radical Islam, a prospect that terrifies many Democrats.
“You could easily see him wanting to ramp up the war on terror and take it to new parts of the globe,” said Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. “There are few limits on what he can do.”
Democrats like Schiff worry that without an updated legal framework to govern the war on terror, Trump could turn some of his controversial campaign rhetoric into reality — from vows to bring back waterboarding to killing families of terrorists.
For "an inexperienced president who tweets and gets angry … to have broad war-making power, it’s a dangerous place to be," said Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), the lone member of Congress who voted against the nation's existing war authorization, which was passed in 2001 but has not been updated since.President Trump has more international experience than Obama, even after eight years as president. Obama is intellectually lazy and disengaged from the world.
My guess is that within two years Schiff, Lee, and the Democrats will demand that Trump enter or even start a war.
We shall see.
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