A former aide to President Donald Trump said on Saturday that after his strike against Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani, America’s enemies and nemeses know of “our strength” and are far less likely to challenge the United States on his watch.
“One of the first things we did on the official presidential transition team working for General Flynn, that great American patriot, and after the election, we were authorized — as transition teams are — to reach out to heads of state who wanted to congratulate the president-elect, and who the president-elect wanted to establish good relations with,” Dr. Sebastian Gorka said in an interview on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Saturday with host Matt Boyle.
“One of the most important objectives we had, especially in the Asia region, was to assure all of our friends [and] allies who had been intimidated for decades by Beijing — by Communist China — who were very, very worried after eight years of capitulation under Obama — who traveled the world apologizing for America — our job was to reassure them that America is back, not the imperialistic America, not a colonizing America, but an America that follows in the footsteps of that great saying from President Ronald Reagan; ‘that shining city on a hill,'” he added.
“One of the things we, first things we planned for president after the inauguration was an extensive trip through the capitals of Asia … to send a very clear message that we’re back,” Gorka said of the president’s transition.
“America is led by somebody who believes in America, and as a certain Marine Corps slogan goes, which I used whenever I was on media to explain the Trump doctrine, under the new president — America, no better friend, no worse enemy — and Beijing, Pyongyang, Moscow, Tehran, now know that very, very well,” he added.
President Trump has been criticized, mostly by Democrats, for his strike against the late al-Quds Force leader, though he was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American servicemen and women over the years.
Republicans mostly have praised Trump’s decision to strike, which the administration said was also due to intelligence indicating that Soleimani was planning additional strikes against American targets in Iraq and elsewhere.
Gorka said that the rise of Trump has led to a redrawing of previous political fault lines and geopolitical alliances, as well as domestic politics.