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Trump Claims To Be 'A Nationalist And A Globalist'

| by Ray Brown

President Donald Trump said he's a nationalist and a globalist.

"I’m both. And I’m the only one who makes the decision, believe me," Trump said, according to Talking Points Memo.

Trump's remarks came soon after he denounced globalism during a foreign policy speech in Washington, D.C.

"We will no longer surrender this country or its people to the false song of globalism," Trump said, according to The Hill. "I am skeptical of international unions that tie us up and bring America down. And under my administration, we will never enter America into any agreement that reduces our ability to control our own affairs."

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He continued: "The nation-state remains the true foundation of happiness and harmony."

During that speech, he also said NAFTA "has been a total disaster for the United States and has emptied our states of our manufacturing and our jobs."

Trump recently announced he would renegotiate the terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada. That announcement disappointed some of those in Trump's base who supported entirely backing out of NAFTA.

"I received calls from the President of Mexico and the Prime Minister of Canada asking to renegotiate NAFTA rather than terminate," Trump tweeted. "I agreed ... subject to the fact that if we do not reach a fair deal for all, we will then terminate NAFTA. Relationships are good-deal very possible!"

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Trump was reportedly all set to back out of NAFTA, but according to The Washington Post, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue convinced the president not to by showing him that many farmers benefit from the free trade agreement.

"It shows that I do have a very big farmer base, which is good," Trump said. "They like Trump, but I like them, and I’m going to help them."

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said Trump is "in a perfect position on NAFTA because folks know he’s inclined [to be] negative on NAFTA, yet he’s open to negotiating."

He added: "It’s a good spot to be. The leverage is all with the president."

Trump is expected to use that leverage more with executive orders, rather than legislative negotiations.

"I think they’re just going to act whenever they can on executive action,” said Chris Ruddy, the chief executive of Newsmax and a longtime friend of Trump, according to The Washington Post. "The problem is it’s very temporary, but he wants to get things done, and trade has always been one of his big issues."

Sources: Talking Points Memo, The Washington Post, The Hill, Donald J. Trump (2) / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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