- Suzanne Nossel: Trump's speech reveals a conception of US self-interest that will alienate world, threaten US security
- His pledge to let all nations plot their own course offers nothing to those who long for freedom and lack it, she writes
Suzanne Nossel is executive director of PEN America. She was formerly executive director of Amnesty International USA and deputy assistant secretary of state for International Organizations at the State Department. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)In his joint address to Congress, President Donald Trump began to elaborate his vision of an "America First" foreign policy. Some of his foreign policy pronouncements were familiar and reassuring: He spoke of the importance of alliances, global stability and learning from mistakes. But upon close reading, Trump's brief treatment of international affairs in the speech revealed a blinkered conception of US self-interest that will alienate the world and ultimately render it more threatening to US security.