What was a delegation of Indonesian dignitaries doing at Donald Trump’s press briefing last Thursday, September 3? The delegation included House Speaker Setya Novanto, Deputy Speaker Fadli Zon, and three other deputy speakers.
Trump said they were there to join him in doing “great things for the United States.”
But that’s Trump. For him, America comes first. It’s not enough to ask what America can do for other countries. We must ask also what they can do for us. Life is a series of deals. Or, as every first year law student learns, a series of contracts.
Indonesian news source Okezone said the purpose was to discuss “strategic alliances between Indonesia and America going forward.” Does that sound like a foreign policy discussion?