In his first foreign policy speech, Republican front-runner Donald Trump vows to improve relations with Russian and China, and says U.S. allies must bear more financial burden for their defense. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Republican front-runner Donald Trump vowed on Wednesday (April 27) to seek better relations with Russia and China if elected president in November and said he would make U.S. allies bear more of the financial burden for their defense. In a major speech, Trump delivered a withering critique of Barack Obama's foreign policy, saying the Democratic president has let China take advantage of the United States and has failed to defeat Islamic State militants. He pledged to "shake the rust off America's foreign policy." The New York billionaire spoke the day after victories in five Northeastern states that moved him closer to capturing the Republican Party presidential nomination for the Nov. 8 election. Trump, a real estate magnate, also said that American allies have benefited from a U.S. defense umbrella but have not paid their fair share. "The countries we defend must pay for the cost of this defense. If not, the U.S. must be prepared to let these countries defend themselves. We have no choice," he said. Trump, a reality TV star, has never held elected office and has built support - particularly among white working class voters - with a no-nonsense style and populist pledges to "make America great again." He set aside his rancorous campaign rhetoric for his address on foreign policy, delivered at a downtown Washington hotel.