National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster characterized the foreign policy style of President Donald Trump as ‘disruptive’ in a speech this week, adding context to recent Trump statements that have left supporters and detractors alike wondering as to where the President definitively stands on key issues.
“Some people have described him as disruptive. They’re right. And this is good — good because we can no longer afford to invest in policies that do not advance the interests and values of the United States and our allies,” McMaster said during a speech at the Israeli Embassy. The speech preceded a major meeting between President Trump and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday.
Speaking with Abbas on Wednesday, President Trump said the United States and its allies would do “whatever is necessary” to achieve a lasting peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. In a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in February, Trump caused alarm after appearing to walk back American support for the “Two State Solution,” long a bipartisan staple in American foreign policy.
“I’m looking at two-state and one-state” Trump said. “I like the one that both parties like. I’m very happy with the one that both parties like. I can live with either one.”