John Hickenlooper: Withdrawing U.S. from global engagement makes us ‘less safe’

May 20, 2019

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, who is slated to roll out parts of his foreign policy agenda on Monday, says withdrawing from global engagement makes the United States less safe and is pushing back against such calls he said some Democrats are making.

“The only way to full security is through constant engagement, and by reviving U.S. leadership, we actually make our country safer, but we also make it more prosperous,” the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate said on ABC’s “This Week.”

He declined to name names on which Democrats are calling for a pull-back, but said “they would have the United States withdraw from global engagement and that makes us less safe.”

“Not all, but many of the other Democrats feel that we should back away from fair and open trade.” he said.

He also said President Trump’s “isolationist and reckless” foreign policy has made the country less safe and his “tariff wars” have hurt the economy.

Mr. Hickenlooper said that as Colorado governor, he built relationships with leaders from around the world, set up a national cyber security center in Colorado Springs, and worked on in-state deployment of the National Guard.

The former governor, who has yet to break through in a big way in public polling on the 2020 race, is expected to lay out more of his foreign policy agenda in an address to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs on Monday.

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