Pence, asked to define the “Trump Doctrine” in the wake of the president’s decision to order an airstrike that eliminated terrorist and Iranian Quds Force leader Gen. Qasem Soleimani this month, explained that Trump’s track record as president is one that demonstrates that he leads from a position of “strength.” This is the second part of Pence’s exclusive interview with Breitbart News in Florida on Thursday, a campaign swing on which Breitbart News accompanied him to and from Joint Base Andrews in the D.C. suburbs on Air Force Two and his campaign bus up the all-important I-4 corridor from Tampa to Orlando.
“The president would be best to articulate that, but what I can tell you is that leaders around the world know we have a president who once again embraces America’s role as leader of the free world,” Pence said when asked to define the Trump Doctrine. “He leads from a standpoint of strength.”
The president’s unique approach to leadership, the vice president told Breitbart News, can be seen in America’s dealings during his presidency with allies and with adversaries alike—and it is different than previous administrations. Examples of dealing with allies include the recently approved U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement, which Pence discussed in the first part of his exclusive interview with Breitbart News, or working with European partners to strengthen NATO commitments—which have increased significantly since Trump became president.
“He’s demonstrated a willingness to engage countries all over the world, allies and adversaries, but to do so from a position of strength,” Pence said.