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Glenn Beck: Trump 'Abandoning' His Voters

| by Ray Brown

Conservative commentator Glenn Beck said President Donald Trump is "abandoning" his core voter base.

"The president is on the verge of beginning to look like another Republican who said stuff, didn't mean it, and turned into [Republican Chairman] Reince Priebus or [House Speaker] Paul Ryan -- and that's not good," Beck told CNN, according to Business Insider.

Beck then said a conversation he had with former President George W. Bush in the Oval Office on the day former President Barack Obama was inaugurated reminded him that sitting presidents often don't have much of a choice when it comes to foreign policy matters.

"Candidate Obama said that he would just fly over the borders ... and if he had to, he would bomb Pakistan," Beck said. "I remember thinking, 'My gosh, you don't bomb an ally.'"

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Beck continued: "And [Bush] pointed to his desk in the Oval Office and he said, 'Don't worry, whoever occupies that seat behind that desk ... will quickly find out that their hands are tied and they'll end up doing almost exactly as I have done.'"

It's unclear what Beck meant by Obama's admission that he would ‶bomb Pakistan.″ Obama indeed launched 563 strikes on Pakistani soil, mostly with drones. But Bush also launched 53 strikes against Pakistan during his presidency, according to The Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

Although Beck criticized Trump for implementing classic establishment moves, such as launching missile strikes against the Syrian government, he was also glad the president has not lived up to his campaign promise to maintain a more isolationist position on foreign policy.

"My worst nightmare was that the president would ... go down this populist 'burn it to the ground' ideology," Beck said. "The good news is he's not going that way."

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But Beck said Trump's reversal on his campaign promises will alienate more and more people who won't know what to believe about the president.

"Who is he going to have left in the end?" Beck asked. "He doesn't have a core -- he goes for the win. And that can be dangerous if things start to fall apart economically or in the world."

Trump has reversed his positions on several major issues for which he was praised by his voter base during the 2016 presidential campaign.

As a candidate, Trump was a fierce critic of NATO and called the alliance ‶obsolete.″ But as president, Trump reversed his stance on that position.

"I complained about that a long time ago, and they made a change. Now they do fight terrorism,″ Trump said on April 12, according to CNN. ‶I said it was obsolete. It's no longer obsolete."

Trump also constantly criticized China during the campaign, accusing it of manipulating its currency to undercut U.S. competition.

But again on April 12, Trump changed his position.

"They're not currency manipulators,″ he said.

Sources: Business Insider via Yahoo, CNN, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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