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In Wuhan Virus Address, President Trump Announces Unprecedented Travel Ban to Stymie Spread of Illness

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Tonight in his live address to the Nation from the Oval Office, President Donald Trump highlighted his administration’s past actions which limited American exposure to the Conora Virus, as well as delivering a very bold plan to keep further development from happening on American soil.

“Today the World Health Organization officially announced that this is a global pandemic.

We have been in frequent contact with our allies and we are marshaling the full power of the federal government and the private sector to protect the American people.

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This is the most aggressive and comprehensive effort to confront a foreign virus in modern history”, said the President.

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“It only matters how you respond and we are responding with great speed and professionalism”, he went on to say.

Then the President then laid out his plan to contain any more outbreaks in the United States; which included a European travel ban for thirty days and federal financial relief for those affected by the announced epidemic:

“The European Union failed to take the same precautions and restrict travel from China and other hotspots. As a result a large number of new clusters in the United States were seeded by travelers from Europe.

After consulting with our government’s top health professionals I have decided to several strong but necessary actions to protect the health and well being of all Americans.

To keep new cases from entering our shores we will be suspending all travel from Europe to the United States for the next thirty days. The new rules will go into effect Friday at midnight. These restrictions will not apply to the United Kingdom…

We will soon be taken emergency action which is unprecedented to provide financial relief. This will be targeted for workers who are ill, quarantined, or those caring for others due to Corona Virus. I will be asking Congress to take legislative action to extend this relief.”

The President finished his remarks by saying, “The virus will not have a chance against us. No nation is more prepared, or more resilient than the United States. We have the best economy, the most advanced healthcare, and the most talented doctors, scientists, and researchers in the anywhere in the world.

We are all in this together. We must put politics aside, stop the partisanship, and unify together as one nation, and one family. As history has proven time and time again Americans always rise to the challenge and overcome adversity.

Our future remains brighter than anyone can imagine. Acting with compassion and love we will heal the sick, care for those in need, help our fellow citizens, and emerge from this challenge stronger and more unified than ever before. God bless you and God bless America.”

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Will Josh Hawley be the Next Champion for an America First Foreign Policy?

America First May Have its Next Leader to End Wars Abroad

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Does America First have a new non-interventionist champion?

Missouri Senator Josh Hawley has been viewed by many as one of the figures who could potentially lead a Trumpist movement after Trump, should Joe Biden end up being installed as president on January 2021.

Hawley has made a name for himself as a champion of Middle America and questioning the neoliberal orthodoxy on immigration and trade. Lately, Hawley has made a pivot towards  questioning the interventionist conventional wisdom on foreign policy. 

In early October of this year, the Missouri Senator called for the American government to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. Hawley tweeted, “Almost 20 years now in Afghanistan. Long past time to draw this war to an end.”

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Hawley’s foreign policy has been a work progress over the past two years. During a 2019 speech Hawley gave at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), he questioned the nation-building policy prescriptions of previous administrations, demonstrating some degree of skepticism towards non-stop interventionism abroad on the part of the Senator.

That said, it remains to be seen if Hawley’s legislative record will fully match his rhetoric.

Hawley is a staunch China hawk, who fears the rise of China and is a strong voice against China’s expansionist efforts. Hawley’s track record shows that his foreign policy views are rough around the edges. Daniel Larison of The American Conservative is not as optimistic about Hawley judging by his votes on the Yemeni Civil War. Larison cited several of Hawley’s votes that may be cause for concern:

Sen. Hawley voted against the Senate’s resolution of disapproval that opposed the president’s effort to circumvent Congress with a bogus “emergency” to expedite arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. More important, he voted with the president and most Senate Republicans against the antiwar Yemen resolution that would have cut off all U.S. support to the Saudi coalition.”

Nevertheless, Hawley’s comments on Afghanistan are a good sign that Hawley is catching on to the fact that Americans are tired of foreign wars. Politicians can change their views and behaviors. Hawley is likely recognizing that the America First movement is exhausted by the endless wars and wants candidates and elected officials who offer withdrawal plans. 

After looking at the list of people who have been tapped to join the Biden administration, Hawley tweeted, “What a group of corporatists and war enthusiasts – and #BigTech sellouts.”

Journalist Glenn Greenwald, a fierce interventionist skeptic, maintained cautious optimism about Hawley. In a tweet, he commented, “All kinds of reasons to be skeptical of the authenticity here, but — purely as a matter of rhetoric — just imagine any national Republican speaking this way about a Dem administration even 10 years ago. The framework of politics is radically shifting.”

The jury is still out on Hawley. Regardless of flaws in his voting record, America First advocates should continue to push him and other America First leaning Republicans in the right direction. We should never forget that politicians are still receptive to political pressure and the grassroots holds the keys to political change. 

Young senators like Hawley are the future of American politics and it makes sense for foreign policy restrainers to lobby them and push them in a direction that favors non-interventionism.

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