CNN senior political analyst John Avlon said President Donald Trump’s embrace of nationalism conflicts with the idea of American exceptionalism on “New Day” Tuesday.
“The most important thing is that throughout American history, there is a fundamental difference between patriotism and nationalism,” Avlon said. (
“And this president is saying, ‘I’m all in on the nationalism front.’ And that obliterates a lot of what we’ve understood is American exceptionalism — that we are a creed-based nation, not a tribe-based nation.”
CNN political analyst David Gregory also spoke out on Trump’s nationalism during the segment and implied the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was caused by a lack of globalist policies.
“I think the idea of being a nationalist and rejecting globalism is a serious point,” Gregory said.
“One, it does speak to the shortcomings of globalism as we’ve defined it since the early ’90s and who has been left behind from globalization, which is a real argument to make as a political figure. The more nefarious piece of it is to be a protectionist … but it’s the idea of retreat and self-isolation as America and a rejection of our responsibilities around the globe. And that I think goes back to the issue of Saudi Arabia.”
Gregory said the Saudi Arabian government might have felt emboldened and might have viewed the Trump administration as being “too weak” to respond.
“The question that to me is unanswered, which is why did the Saudis feel they could get away with this given their relationship with the United States?” he said.
“They either felt that the administration was too weak, or they felt they might be sympathetic at some measure and that they would put our interests in countering Iran and our arms deals over such a gross violation of human rights and straight out murder.”
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