May 10, 2018

George W. Bush warns of “dangers of isolationism” in impassioned speech

George W. Bush. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

George W. Bush warned against the "dangers of isolationism" and made an impassioned case for humanitarian aid around the world — citing his PEPFAR initiative to fight AIDS in Africa — while being honored Thursday evening at the Atlantic Council's Distinguished Leadership Awards.

Between the lines: Bush's speech centered around the "indispensable" role America plays in the world, and the need for a "generous" and "moral" foreign policy. That's a stark contrast with President Trump, who has pledged to cut overseas spending and touts his America First worldview.

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