Which kinda puts him directly opposite his Republican party leader Donald Trump, the President….
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) touted the need for strong international alliances during his first Senate floor speech, advocating for a multilateral foreign policy that stands in contrast to President Trump‘s “America First” agenda.
Romney argued that leaning into international alliances is crucial to combatting the rise of China, saying that America has “many friends” but “China has very few.”
“Alliances are absolutely essential to America’s security, to our future, I can’t state that more plainly. … We need to hold our friends closer, not neglect them or drive them away,” Romney said.
The former GOP presidential nominee and Massachusetts governor added that the United States should be focused on strengthening alliances and coordinating with them more closely, including promoting a “strong” North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and Europe as part of an effort to combat China.
Romney didn’t specifically mention Trump, who is London as part of a state visit, during his speech. But the forward-leaning foreign policy is at contrast with the president, who has dismissed traditional U.S. allies, including NATO, while sidestepping criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Romney tipped his hand to Trump, arguing that the president needs to help unite the country against attempts by foreign governments, including China, to use social media to stir division….
Romney made sure to give a little pat on the back to Trump also….