The Corner

Actually, It Was Pretty Terrible

In response to Fear and Loathing in Athens

Trump’s speech, which I read rather than watched, seemed like a mass of contradictions and empty boasts. We’re going to start trade wars, make freeloading countries pay their own way, and have better relations with our allies than before. Other candidates are too eager for war in the Middle East, and we should have intervened to protect Christians there. Isis’s days are numbered, but I won’t tell you how I’ll make them so. Oh, and nobody else has a “coherent foreign policy.” Even when he’s scripted, talking about policy of any kind is not Trump’s strong suit.

(Disclosure: Cruz is an old friend of mine.)

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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