Richard Haass: ‘America First Gave Way to Russia First’ Yesterday

‘This was a week in which self-interest took precedence over the national interest’

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HAASS: “Particularly, Willie, when you not just look at yesterday, but you take a step back and look at the preceding week. This was a week in which self-interest took precedence over the national interest, in which America first gave way to Russia first. And this is a president who basically was unwilling to take on Russia, but was more than willing to take on NATO, the E.U. and the UK. The so-called special relationship was essentially discarded. So the contrast between the kid gloves with which he dealt with Mr. Putin and the frontal assaults on our closest allies who for 70 years have been an integral part of America’s relationship with the world, that contrast was in stark relief yesterday. It was a bad week for the United States and for American foreign policy. Yesterday capped it off.”

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