RJC: Let’s Hear About Foreign Policy in Tomorrow’s Debate

Washington, DC – RJC National Chairman Norm Coleman made the following statement today:

The Commission on Presidential Debates has relegated national security, presumably including foreign policy, to one short segment in the second debate tomorrow night, when that topic deserves a full debate of its own. That’s a terrible decision.

It is a shame that President Trump won’t get enough time to talk about his impressive list of foreign policy accomplishments and what he has done to keep Americans safe. They include: the Abraham Accords signed by Israel, the UAE, and Bahrain, and the profound changes the Accords are bringing to the whole Middle East; the US finding and killing Iranian terrorist mastermind Qasem Soleimani, which makes Americans and Israelis safer; the President’s decisions to take the US out of the disastrous Iran nuclear deal; his strong defense of American interests and our ally Israel in the United Nations; his strengthening of NATO by getting its members to shoulder more of the responsibility for their own defense; and his policy of reducing conflict rather than escalating it, in hot zones across the Middle East and Asia.

At the same time, a debate on foreign policy would be a chance for former Vice President Biden to explain his 47 years of foreign policy failures, including: giving Iran billions in sanctions relief – and millions in cash – in a nuclear deal that did not stop Iran’s nuclear ambitions and indeed strengthened Iran’s efforts to become the major player in the Middle East; taking the wrong side in every debate about US policy in Iraq; opposing the killing of Osama bin Laden and Qasem Soleimani; and supporting weak policies that allowed the rise of the ISIS caliphate and its terrorist network, and let the Assad regime destroy Syria.

The American people deserve to hear the facts about the Trump and Biden foreign policy records in this very, very crucial election year."