Trump says Clinton has a track record of failing with her foreign policy. Clinton says Trump is unqualified because he has literally no experience with foreign policy. Polls show Americans are somewhere in between—they trust Trump to tackle terror, but more people trust Clinton in diplomatic situations. Who do you think has the better foreign policy?
Who has the better foreign policy, Trump or Clinton?
Trump’s appeal is his success as a manager. While he may not have all the answers, he says he’ll hire and work with the smartest people. Here are his positions on foreign policy:
Trump represents a break away from the global oriented foreign policy that the United States has engaged in until now. His positions and outsider stance are attractive to people who think that we’re headed in a bad direction.
Trump approaches foreign policy from the perspective of a businessman. He’ll negotiate and "be greedy" on behalf of America. Using his business perspective, he'll hire the best negotiators and direct them to negotiate on behalf of America. Academics may know all the details, but they won't get the best deal.
While Trump parades his outsider status, critics worry that Trump's inexperience could get the United States into some hairy issues. Let's be real, the world stage is not a business meeting and learning on the job is not an option.
Clinton has more traditional foreign policy experience, which is to say she actually has foreign policy experience. Lots of it. Clinton believes in the current United States strategy of multilateral engagement and would likely continue many Obama administration policies—because she had a hand in shaping it. Here she is on the issues:
Clinton's describes herself as a hybrid of a realist and an idealist. To her, it's important to keep your eye on where you think the world should be, but you must take action in a clear-eyed way to get there. She writes in her autobiography, 'Hard Choices.'
Clinton helped advise some of the most important foreign policy and counter terrorism actions under the Obama administration. She's been in the situation room and she knows what to do.
She believes in an America that leads. To her, if the United States does not lead, it opens a power vacuum which other states will try to fill. The power vacuum, like the one in Syria, can often lead to devastating consequences. This is especially true in the post-WWII world that the United States helped to form.
Clinton's critics argue that her positions are too hawkish, and are afraid she will lead the United States into another war. People are increasingly reluctant about foreign interventions. Trump takes it further by saying she has a track record of "failure and death."