In a time when reporters have strict deadlines to meet–sometimes down to the minute–news is broadcast faster, farther, and more intensely to a bigger audience than ever before, all on an international playing field. This leads to a heightened awareness of the general public, and subsequently, the nation: all news now feels more personal–especially threats to national security. Naturally, this then sparks the debate of American involvement or restraint when dealing with these international issues–and everyone has different theories as to whats best for the country, especially candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
It isn’t hard to tell that Trump’s strategy of foreign policy is one based in toughness: his powerful rhetoric about Mexico alone is enough to give potential voters a good idea of how he views other nations in relation to the United States: Trump on Mexicans. Strangely enough, Trump is quoted as saying: “We will not be ripped off anymore. We’re going to be friendly with everybody, but we’re not going to be taken advantage of by anybody.” While ambitions to not be taken advantage of are good, Trump has been far from friendly in his language–before even winning the Republican nomination. For additional reading, the title says it all: In Donald Trump’s Worldview, America Comes First, and Everybody Else Pays.
On the other end of the political spectrum, Hillary Clinton appeals to the population that wants to see the United States intervene when other nations are in n
eed. She advocates the protection of Isreal and urges that the United States should never remain neutral when other countries are in harms way. Hillary
recognizes the importance of respecting all other countries, likely coming from her background as Secretary
of State, and the need to maintain strong relationships with other nations.
The advent of the Internet and social media has changed the way voters follow an election. With an immense population of American’s online, the reporting of news comes directly to our pockets as soon as it hits. Surrounding the multiple recent terrorist attacks around the world, the topic of foreign policy has been of high importance, and as you can see, the two leading candidates of each party have very different approaches when it comes to dealing with America and its relations with other countries in the global village.
John Vivian–The Media of Mass Communication