Two-Faced Trump: “You Do Have A Military-Industrial Complex, They Do Like War”

Trump’s Hypocritical Rhetoric On Endless Wars

Jake Mercier
May 20 · 3 min read

On Sunday night, in an interview with Steve Hilton on The Next Revolution — a show that Hilton dubs a place for “positive populism.”

Hilton spoke with President Trump about Iran, asking him if he could “reassure people” that he’s “not looking for some kind of conflict.”

Trump responded, “Well, I’m the one that talks about these wars, and in nineteen years, people are just there and don’t kid yourself, you do have a military industrial complex. They do like war.

He continued by talking about Syria, saying, “I said I wanted to bring our troops back home, and the place went crazy. You have people in Washington — they never want to leave”

Hilton continued, “I think that what a lot of people are worried about is that they heard what you said in 2016, and they liked it when you said ‘no more stupid wars.’”

Trump responded, “I just don’t want [Iran] to have nuclear weapons…I am not someone that wants to go into wars…When I went to North Korea, there were nuclear tests all the time, there were missiles going up all the time, we had a very rough time, then we got along. We’ll see what happens.”

Trump seems to periodically forget that he is President — he even admitted to caving from to pressure by the Military Industrial Complex, Washington insiders, and warmongers like John Bolton—President Trump’s National Security Advisor—by keeping troops in Syria after an announcement that he would pull them out of the region.

Trump also pulled the United States out of the JCPoA in May of 2018, and Iran now seems to be taking steps beyond the parameters of the initial agreement in response.

Simultaneously, John Bolton — an admitted liar, and an architect and defender of the Iraq War — seems to be leading the charge in pushing the United States closer to Iran.

Trump continued on The Next Revolution, saying “If it was up to [the Military Industrial Complex], they would bring thousands of soldiers” into the region. “They call it the Military Industrial Complex…they always want to fight. I don’t want to fight.”

If Trump is so in-tune with the views of what the Washington establishment really wants, then why does he continually cave on his demands?

Trump wants to have his cake and eat it too.

Trump won his campaign in 2016 on a message of staying out of foreign conflicts, but during his presidency he has ratcheted up tensions with Russia, declined to rule out military intervention in the U.S. supported a coup in Venezuela, continued the disastrous war in Syria, expanded NATO, vetoed a bill from Congress that would have ended U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, and has brought us closer to the brink of war with Iran.

Trump knows this, and he knows that his base is upset.

Trump can’t continue to pretend to be the ‘America First’ president who is against “stupid wars” while conducting the same foreign policy of the Bush and Obama administrations, and by taking marching orders from the Saudis.

President Trump should go with his gut and get rid of John Bolton and those that are surrounding him. Without a move like that, Trump can kiss 2020 goodbye.

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Jake Mercier is a filmmaker, writer, and the founding Editor-in-Chief of CitizenSource, writing with a focus on U.S. politics, foreign intervention, national security, and privacy issues. He is from Dallas, Texas, but currently resides in Washington, D.C.

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