The Hill — Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said on Saturday that his foreign policy would be “unpredictable” in order to maintain leverage over other countries.
In an interview with The New York Times, Trump even suggested that he would not rule out going to war with China in order to show the country that he’s serious about trade negotiations.
“I would use trade to negotiate. Would I go to war? Look, let me just tell you. There’s a question I wouldn’t want to answer. Because I don’t want to say I won’t or I will or – do you understand that, David?” he said, addressing Times reporter David Sanger.
“That’s the problem with our country. A politician would say, ‘Oh I would never go to war,’ or they’d say, ‘Oh I would go to war.’ I don’t want to say what I’d do because, again, we need unpredictability.”
The former reality television star suggested that democracy was hurting the U.S. when it came to foreign policy because it required leaders to be too transparent.
“You know, if I win, I don’t want to be in a position where I’ve said I would or I wouldn’t,” he said. “I don’t want them to know what I’m thinking. The problem we have is that, maybe because it’s a democracy and maybe because we have to be so open – maybe because you have to say what you have to say in order to get elected – who knows? But I wouldn’t want to say. I wouldn’t want them to know what my real thinking is.”
Trump also brought up the importance of unpredictability when asked about spying on U.S. allies like Germany.
When asked if he agreed with President Obama’s decision to end U.S. spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Trump said: “You know, I’d rather not say that. I would like to see what they’re doing. Because you know, many countries, I can’t say Germany, but many countries are spying on us.”
“Everything we do, we announce, instead of winning, and announcing when it’s all over,” he said. “There’s such, total predictability of this country, and it’s one of the reasons we do so poorly.”