Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Of Course There Is a Trump Doctrine


In a story of double-take and spit-take proportions, a report from Politico stated that Mike Dubke, Communications Director for the White House, told staffers that there is no Trump Doctrine. Cue the Three Stooges. Stretch out the neck muscles. Wear waterproof clothes. “No Trump Doctrine? Whaaaaaaaaaaaat?

That’s not just your reaction, that was the reaction of those in the room; 30-some staffers who reacted with a mix of curiosity and near-incredulousness:

Some in the room were stunned by the remark.

“It rubbed people the wrong way because on the campaign we were pretty clear about what he wanted to do,” said a third White House official in the room, “He was elected on a vision of America First. America First is the Trump doctrine.”

Is there any question that America First is his doctrine? Just look to his Inaugural address:

We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital and in every hall of power. From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it’s going to be only America First. America First.

Of course there is a Trump Doctrine. He ran on it. He proclaimed it moments after taking the oath of office. He put it on a hat. Lots of hats. It is clear to supporters and detractors, to friends and foes and despots alike, to celebrities and veterans and basement-dwelling bloggers, to those completely unaware of politics that President Donald Trump’s declared doctrine is America First.

You can argue and disagree about what it means, but you can’t deny that it exists. The only person that doesn’t know this, apparently, is the Communications Director of the White House.

Someone needs to buy Mike Dubke a hat.

Here is Tony’s commentary from Jan. 23, 2017:

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  1. Ekosj Inactive

    Tony Katz: You can argue and disagree about what it means, but you can’t deny that it exists.

    If there is disagreement about what it means then it isn’t much of a doctrine. More of a slogan really. Whose meaning is intended to be in the eye of the beholder.

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    • April 11, 2017, at 3:29 PM PDT
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  2. Belt Member

    I can’t tell if this post is serious or sarcasm.

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    • April 11, 2017, at 4:11 PM PDT
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  3. SEnkey Inactive

    I mean it has to be a sarcasm…right?

    I like many of the things that Trump’s Administration is doing, but I can’t find a doctrine in it. There isn’t a guiding ideology. I’m not saying that as an insult, only my observation. Maybe we’ve been too hung up on ideology for too long, I don’t think that is the case but I’m open to being wrong about it.


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    • April 12, 2017, at 7:38 AM PDT
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