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Washington Examiner: 'America first' doesn’t mean 'American alone,' Joni Ernst says

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, said Friday that President Trump's slogan, "America first," does not mean "America alone."

“America first, does that mean America is alone?” Ernst said at the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday. “And I would say absolutely not. It just simply means that America is leading from a position of strength and I appreciate that very much.”

Ernst, a combat veteran, pointed to the teamwork between the U.S. and its allies in providing humanitarian aid to countries such as Ukraine in light of Russian President Vladimir Putin's annexation of the country in 2014 as examples of "America first" policy.

“The support that we give to these other countries, we’re not alone in doing that,” Ernst said. “We have built our alliances through many decades of very hard work.”

Ernst also cited, as an example of American leadership, the response to the crisis in Venezuela. The U.S. was first to officially recognize Juan Guaido as the country’s interim president following President Nicolas Maduro’s ouster. They argued the U.S.' action paved the way for approximately 50 countries to follow.


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