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Trump's foreign policy reflects 'insecurity of a bully, ' Biden says - USA TODAY

This June 14, 2016, file photo shows Vice President Biden addressing the White House Summit on the United State of Women in Washington. Warning of a potential surge in anti-Americanism, Biden is tearing into Donald Trumps views on foreign policy and urging the country not to follow the presumptive Republican nominee down a path of isolationism and bigotry. Biden plans to deliver a point-by-point rebuttal of Trumps ideas on immigration, terrorism and relations with Russia during a speech Monday, June 20, 2016, to the Center for New American Security.(Photo: Cliff Owen, AP)WASHINGTON Vice President Biden's speech to a defense establishment think tankMonday is a not-so-thinly veiled rebuttal of Donald Trump's foreign policy, which Biden says reflects "theattitude and insecurity of a bully."In a preview of his scheduledremarks to the Center for New American Security, Biden says that American leadership stems from "our ability to lead by example and draw partners to our side.""Thats what has always made America great," he said. "Not empty bluster.Not a sense of entitlement that fundamentally disrespects our partners.Not the attitude and insecurity of a bully."The remarks seem to be part of a more aggressive White House strategy to rebut Trump's foreign policy talking points. Last week, President Obama attacked Republicans, like Trump, who insist that Obama declare war on "radical Islam."The White House has released advanced excerpts of Biden's speech Monday afternoonto the Center for New American Security's annual conference, which will address the foreign policy challenges the next administration will face.While those excerpts don't mention Trump by name, there's no mistaking that Biden is targeting the likely Republican presidential nominee, addressing major points of Trump's foreign policy point by point.Building a wall on the Mexican border, Biden says, will bring "areturn of anti-Americanism and a corrosive rift throughout our hemisphere.""Environmental disruptions, pathogens, computer viruses, malicious ideologies these threats dont respect borders. And no matter what others may claim, we cannot wall ourselves off from these challenges," Biden's speech says. "Even in simpler times, isolationism never offered more than a false sense of security."Biden says Trump's overtures to Russian President Vladimir Putin would be counterproductiveand "could call into question Americas longstanding commitment to a Europe whole, free and at peace."But the vice president is particularly vocal about Trump's proposal for a moratorium onMuslims travelling to the United States, saying that policy "plays into the narrative of extremists.""Adopting the tactics of our enemies using torture, threatening to kill innocent family members, indiscriminately bombing civilian populationsnot only violates our values, its deeply damaging to our security," Biden says. "Wielding the politics of fear and intolerance like proposals to ban Muslims from entering the United States or slandering entire religious communities as complicit in terrorismcalls into question Americas status as the greatest democracy in the history of the world."Read or Share this story:' - -

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