People in the media all think that they have the wisdom to advise President Trump. Frankly, they don't.
Of course, I am an exception. He should listen to me on this point.
I am going to suggest something that I think he really should do. It would be good for the nation and good for the world. It would cost the taxpayers nothing. It would be popular with his voter base. Congress would probably go along. It would also drive the Council on Foreign Relations up the proverbial wall. That alone would be worth it.
President Trump should contact the news media and tell them that he is going to make a major speech on foreign policy. I am sure they will all show up.
Here is the speech he should deliver.
My Fellow Americans,The most important task of the President of the United States as assigned by the Constitution has always been the same: to serve as Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces. A President's mistake here can have greater negative repercussions on America than any other mistake that a President can make.
The greatest danger to the United States and the world today is the possibility that NATO and Russia will get into a nuclear conflict.
I am hereby announcing that, as Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, I will not automatically support NATO if a war breaks out between NATO and Russia.
I am hereby ending the NATO treaty while I am in office. I have the power to commit American forces, and I have the power not to commit American forces. I am hereby telling NATO this: I will not automatically commit American forces to back up NATO.
I will make any decision to commit troops to back up NATO on a case-by-case basis, but my commitment is no longer automatic merely because of the NATO treaty.
From 1800 until 1949, the United States of America had no mutual defense treaty with any nation. If any nation got into a war with any other nation, the United States had no treaty obligation to intervene on the side of either nation. I am hereby announcing that this is my personal policy.
I don't care what the NATO treaty says. I will not automatically commit American troops or weapons to defend NATO.