Japan Ambassador Takes Veiled Swipe at Trump’s ‘America First’ Stance
Japan’s ambassador to the United States weighed in on the U.S. presidential election debate on Friday by arguing against the “America first” stance of Republican candidate Donald Trump and stressing the importance of the U.S.-Japan alliance.
Without mentioning Trump by name, the envoy, Kenichiro Sasae, told a Washington forum Japan had come up unexpectedly in the election debate, showing that nothing could be taken for granted in terms of the long-standing alliance.
“In the presidential elections, there are arguments whether the United States is going for the isolationist stance,” Sasae said. “I don’t want to see that kind of United States.
Once again, by pandering to the very worst elements of the radical right and isolationists, Trump manages to cause disruptions FAR above his weight class.
Of course I have not a doubt in my mind that his sycophants will simply view this as further proof that he’s “Tearing Up the System” and “Just Doing What’s Right”.
Japan’s Minister for Regional Revitalization, Shigeru Ishiba, said comments by one candidate, who he said he would not name, were causing “a lot of concern in Japan.”
“It is important not to undermine … one, the value of the U.S.-Japan alliance; two, the geopolitical implications of emerging or resurgent powers in the world; three, the capability and strength of the United States.”
Trump outlined a clear “America First” policy in a speech late last month, vowing that if he were elected president, U.S. allies in Europe and Asia would have to fend for themselves if they did not pay more for the U.S. defense umbrella.
Not only is Trump bad for America, he’s bad for the world.