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Krauthammer: Trump AIPAC Speech Showed ‘He Could Act Like a President,’ But ‘Meaningless’ on Policy


Columnist Charles Krauthammer stated that GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s AIPAC speech “showed that he could act like like a president,” but “as a policy speech, it’s meaningless” on Monday’s “Special Report” on the Fox News Channel.


Krauthammer said, “Well, that was a positioning speech. He said every cliche, every line, that has ever been invented to show one’s support of Israel. Regarding negotiations, regarding Iran, regarding terrorism, regarding incitement, education. Now, as a policy speech, it’s meaningless. He says they have to reeducate their children, and stop inciting the violence, and we’re going to do it, believe me. Well, I don’t understand the applause, but I guess people at least appreciated the fact that he says it. I don’t think it gives you any idea what he would do as president. But he had to undo the damage of saying I’ll be neutral, and he essentially said, I’m not neutral, and as that, it succeeded.”

He added, “I don’t know who wrote the speech, but whoever did knows the Middle East. I do agree that was a bit of a slip, the reference to Palestine. But nonetheless, the examples he gave, showed somebody who knows the area, unlike Trump, who didn’t know Hezbollah from Hamas a few months ago. But I think as that, it showed a seriousness that he has not shown, and by staying on script, he has showed that he could act like like a president, which I think is something new.”

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