WASHINGTON: Republican frontrunner for the 2016 presidential campaign Donald Trump
vowed to pursue an "America first" foreign policy in a speech delivered
"My foreign policy will always put the interests of the
American people and American security above all else," Trump said on
Wednesday, Xinhua news agency reported.
"America first will be the major and overriding theme of my administration."
criticised President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for their foreign
policies, saying that they both had different roles in helping the
Islamic State (IS) group grow.
"If President Obama's goal was to weaken America, he could not have done a better job," Trump said.
He added that if he is elected, the IS will be gone "very, very quickly," and "their days are numbered."
the speech, the real estate mogul also lamented the deterioration of
America's military and blamed Obama for shrinking the defense budget.
will spend what we need to rebuild our military," Trump said. "Our
military dominance must be unquestioned by anybody and everybody."
Trump said that he would be open to using American force when necessary.
will not hesitate to deploy military force when there is no
alternative. But if America fights, it must only fight to win," he said.
"I will never send our finest into battle unless necessary, and I mean
absolutely necessary, and will only do so if we have a plan for victory
with a capital V."
Trump's speech came after he clinched major
victories on Tuesday as he swept all five primary states --
Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, Delaware and Rhode Island -- and
took a strong majority of the 118 delegates at stake.
decreased the odds for a contested convention this summer in Cleveland, a
scenario his rivals had banked on to stop him from securing the
"This to me was our biggest night," Trump said in his victory speech. "I consider myself the presumptive nominee."