U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, said there are times when the United States must take a tough stand, but its leaders must look out for the best interests of the nation.
He added that foreign policy must be “thoughtful,” and individuals in military and diplomatic roles who execute that policy must be empowered.
“The current administration will draw a line in the sand, back up 10 feet and draw another line in the sand,” Stivers said. “They don’t stand up for our friends, and so our prestige internationally has gone way down. Our friends don’t trust us, and our enemies don’t fear us, and that’s a problem.”
His colleague in the House, U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pennsylvania, echoed similar sentiments regarding how America is viewed globally. He said the world sees the United States as weak since President Barack Obama took office.
“I don’t know if there’s anyone in the United States who feels safe,” Barletta said. “I think Donald Trump offers us what America wants. We want to feel safe. We want to feel secure. We want America to be strong again.”
Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did a poor job of handling world affairs, according to former Ohio State Rep. Matt Huffman, of Lima.
“Executing Osama bin Laden, which needed to be done, doesn’t make up for a lot of other failures in execution in foreign policy over the last eight years,” said Huffman, who is also an alternate delegate to the GOP convention and running unopposed for a seat in Ohio’s Senate.
With regard to Trump’s stance on international relations, Huffman said foreign policy, especially regarding the use of force, “is much more nuanced than ‘I won’t back down.’”