When asked for a brief explanation of President Donald Trump’s foreign policy doctrine, an unnamed senior White House official with “direct access to the president and his thinking” allegedly described it like this: “We’re America, b*tch!”
Several hours ahead of the historic meeting between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un – and hours after Trump’s escalating quips with American allies at the G-7 summit in Quebec – Jeffrey Goldberg, editor-in-chief of The Atlantic, released remarks from a series of White House officials about the president and his worldview.
Goldberg asked the senior official to further explain what “We’re America, b*tch” actually means.
“Obama apologized to everyone for everything. He felt bad about everything,” while Trump “doesn’t feel like he has to apologize for anything America does,” the official responded.
Instead of “We’re America, b*tch,” another top official called the doctrine “We’re America, b*tches.” Goldberg asked the official if he was familiar with the 2004 movie “Team America: World Police,” whose theme song was “America, Fuck Yeah!”
Other notable descriptions of Trump’s doctrine included “permanent destabilization creates American advantage,” and “No friends, no enemies” – a description that captures Trump’s “America first” mantra and an embrace of his impulses and moods, which have come to color and change the relationships in his chaotic White House and abroad.
Some users on Twitter had interesting responses to the administration’s descriptions.
“This administration is like a frat bro who doesn’t show up to lecture, reads a one paragraph summary of realism on Wikipedia while doing a keg stand, and then insists to everyone around them that they’re an international relations expert,” tweeted Gennady Rudkevich, an assistant professor of international relations at Georgia College.
Another user said, “‘We’re America, b*tch,’ is the perfect slogan for Trump-era America. Misogynistic, offensive, hollow, needlessly aggressive and just plain stupid.”
“‘We’re America, b*tch’ isn’t a doctrine. It’s a slogan,” tweeted behavioral scientist Caroline Orr. “A doctrine implies strategic planning and consistency of thought, neither of which the Trump administration believes in. This is a pathetic attempt to look tough by using words to obscure Trump’s inadequacies and failures.”