Democrats in a Presidential debate spar over Foreign policy and ClimateBy James Neequaye Kotey
Candidates across the stage faulted Trump’s approach to foreign policy, which is turning away from traditional allies and acting as an unreliable partner. Biden said that he would go back and make sure the U.S had the alliances it had before Trump became president.
Senator Kamala criticized Trump’s meetings with Northern Korean leader Kim Jong Un, saying the U.S leader “got punked” and “traded a photo op for nothing.”
South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg blasted Congresswoman Tulsi criticized Trump for having met with the “murderous” dictator Bashar-al-Assad during a trip to Wartorn Syria, in 2017. Gabbard replied that Buttigieg “lacks the courage” to sit down with U.S enemies and seek common ground.
When asked what he would say in a first phone call with Russian President, Andrew Yang said, “I will tell Putin that the days of meddling in U.S politics are over, and that administration will see any efforts at undermining as “an act of aggression.”
There was also wide support for making addressing climate change a priority in U.S policy.
Including the Paris climate treaty, Bieden called climate change “the number 1 existential threat to the world.”
Buttigieg and his fellow Gabbard found common ground in voicing support for reforming the U.S. agriculture industry as a critical piece in combating climate change.
Gabbard said, “hyper-partisanship in Washington has created gridlock that stands in the way of making progress on climate action and pledged to end subsidies for fossil fuel companies while instead investing a green economy.”
BillionaireTorn Steyer promoted himself as the candidate most focused on climate change. He said, “I will use the power of the presidency to declare a state of emergency on day one in office.”