Democrats want to challenge Trump’s foreign policy in 2020. They’re still working out how.

vox | April 24, 2019

President Donald Trump is heading into the 2020 election with a pretty solid foreign policy success story to sell American voters and Democrats are struggling (but working) to come up with a coherent message to counter it. In just two years in office, Trump has achieved several big foreign policy wins: ISIS’s caliphate has been completely defeated. North Korea hasn’t tested a nuclear bomb or ballistic missile since 2017. The US defense budget has grown to historically high levels. And Mexico and Canada have agreed to a new, updated version of NAFTA that includes better protections for American workers. And while there are certainly major caveats to all of those “successes”  and some serious foreign policy challenges, like the trade war with China, conspicuously left off the list on paper at least, it’s a pretty strong record for Trump’s first term in office. Which means that Democratic candidates looking to unseat Trump in 2020 will face a stiff challenge crafting a compelling counternarrative.

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Last Monday, Donald Trump went on CNN and said the most forbidden words in the language of American economics: “You never have to default because you [can] print the money.” You notice I put “can” in brackets which means he didn’t say that, exactly, but he meant to say it. But now let’s hear exactly what he did say in this video

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Last Monday, Donald Trump went on CNN and said the most forbidden words in the language of American economics: “You never have to default because you [can] print the money.” You notice I put “can” in brackets which means he didn’t say that, exactly, but he meant to say it. But now let’s hear exactly what he did say in this video

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