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(CNN)Words matter, especially when they come from President Donald Trump. His statements often precede process-driven policy decisions and while foreign leaders meet the President tweets. His words are amplified around the world — both because they’re the stuff that Russian bot dreams are made of and because he’s the commander-in-chief of the most powerful country in the world.


The impact of what he says should lead him to think before he speaks, but his State of the Union (SOTU) address on Tuesday night proved otherwise, particularly when he broached topics of foreign policy.

Instead of showing a clear strategy, Trump cherry-picked foreign crises to call attention to and described a disturbing set of double standards in how we approach various nations, which indicates that there is no consistent, analytic approach to foreign policy issues that matter deeply to American national security.  Read More

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