Jefferson Morley | July 10, 2019
John Delaney, Free Trader
On the Campaign Trail:
A self-funding Congressman from Maryland, Delaney is a former businessman whose foreign policy flows from his faith in free-trade economics. Besides immigration, the issues pages of his campaign web site says little on national security or foreign policy questions.
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On Trump: ‘He Doesn’t Value Our Allies’
The way we create a world that is more secure and more peaceful for our citizens and everyone around the world is by engaging with our allies, which is something that the current president is not doing. He doesn’t value our allies the way prior presidents have, and he doesn’t have a framework about how we deal with foreign policy that involves the U.S. engaging with our Allies.‘Conversation with the Candidate’ with John Delaney: Part 1 — WMUR Interview
On Trade: China Is a Global Threat
The former CEO has criticized China for intellectual property theft and supports building a global alliance to pressure China to open its markets. He commended the president for taking China seriously as a global threat, but opposes the administration’s tariffs, which Delaney argues hurt American farmers and curtail job growth. While in Congress, Delaney was one of a few Democrats who supported the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and he is interested in revisiting the trade deal if elected in 2020.What does John Delaney believe? — PBS
On Saudi Arabia: MBS a Killer
Delaney strongly supports the Senate vote declaring Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman responsible for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Delaney has also praised the Senate’s decision to withdraw military aid from Saudi forces fighting in Yemen. He has not spoken publicly about Trump’s decision to withdraw American forces from Syria.What does John Delaney believe? — PBS
On Venezuela: Sanctions Yes, Regime Change No
Delaney supports the Trump administration’s sanctions to force the removal of President Nicholas Maduro. He opposes direct U.S. intervention.
“After years of corrupt and failed authoritarian socialist regimes, Venezuela is faced with a humanitarian crisis resulting in millions of displaced refugees and a country in economic ruin,” former Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) told HuffPost in an email. “I support the emerging leadership in the country and the United States should provide strong regional leadership in transitioning the new government. The United States should work with our partners in the region to provide significant humanitarian aid that gets to the Venezuelan people.”Where Democratic Presidential Contenders Stand On The Venezuelan Crisis — Huffington Post
“I’m not in favor of us intervening to change the regime, although I am in favor of the fact that we don’t recognize Maduro as the leader of the country. I’m in favor of sanctions … I think the United States needs to be working with all the other interested countries … What I worry most about the situation is because of the relationship the country has with its neighbors, something like 15% almost 20% of the population has already left the country. So we may actually be watching a dying country … But I don’t favor a military intervention in part because why would we go to war with the group, or people, or the military who are going to be needed to actually save the country.”Source: SiriusXM — The Big Picture With Olivier Knox: Mob Hits; Middle East Policy (4/3/2019)
On North Korea: ‘Utilize Every Tool We Have’
North Korea is a significant threat to our national security and to the security of our allies and to avoid a catastrophe, we must utilize every tool we have. As the world’s leading economy, we have tremendous leverage and we should make sure that North Korea lacks the resources to threaten the safety of the world. Unfortunately, that leverage in Asia has been significantly weakened by President Trump’s withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would have led to domestic economic growth and strengthened our hand with China.Houses Passes North Korean Sanctions Bill Cosponsored by Delaney — 10.24.2017 Press Release
On Israel: Anti-BDS
Delaney joined the House Israel Anti-Boycott Act on April 5, 2017 as a co-sponsor.
On Iran Deal: Withdrawal ‘Compromised Responsibility’
Regarding Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran Deal:
By withdrawing from the JCPOA without an articulated go forward strategy to work with the international community to curtail Iran’s nuclear ambitions, the President has compromised that responsibility. What makes matters worse, I fear it was done solely for political reasons. I hope that the damage is not permanent and that this mistake does not undermine the hugely important negotiations with North Korea and our national security more broadly.Delaney Statement on Trump Administration Decision to Withdraw from Iran Deal — 5.8.208 Press Release
MARGARET BRENNAN: I want to very quickly ask you on foreign policy. You criticized the Obama-era nuclear deal. Iran has said it is now going to break through yet another limit that was set by that deal on their nuclear program. What would you do as commander-in-chief?
DELANEY: Well I actually voted for the deal. I thought it was imperfect, but I thought it was the right way forward. I would want to get us back in a deal but I think the deal can be better, right.
MARGARET BRENNAN: What makes you think you can get back in the deal if it’s already starting to unravel?
DELANEY: I absolutely think I can get back in the deal and I absolutely can make it better.
MARGARET BRENNAN: Even though the sunset clauses are in 2020 and 2023?
DELANEY: That’s the problem you’ve got to fix. I think I can get us back in the deal and extend those sunset clauses. I mean foreign policy really needs to be discussed more in this presidential debate. Things like trade- I was one of the few Democrats to support President Obama with his Trans-Pacific Partnership. I don’t think you can run against President Trump unless you supported the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
In the Eyes of ‘the Blob’ and the Secret Intelligence Agencies:
With his business background and conventional policy views, President Delaney would probably work well with policymaking elites, intelligence chiefs, and military leaders disturbed by Trump.
Research: Daniel Ortiz