From Cleveland and the Republican National Convention. We’ll look at how the world sees Donald Trump.
It’s Republican National Convention, day two. Opening day was a floor fight where GOP unity looked pretty thin. Opening night was some fierce doom and gloom plus Melania Trump sounding a lot like Michelle Obama, tinged Slovenian. We’re looking at how it’s all playing, in the convention hall, around the country, and around the world. Americans will vote, but the whole world is watching. This hour On Point, we are in Cleveland at the Republican National Convention with Trump, the country, and the world. — Tom Ashbrook
From Tom’s Reading List
Al Arabiya English: Donald Trump and VP Pence: Odd couple on foreign policy -- "With the announcement of his Vice Presidential pick Mike Pence on the Republican ticket, the GOP’s presumptive nominee Donald Trump has chosen someone who is contrarian to him on almost every single foreign policy issue. While Trump has embraced a populist and semi-isolationist message that appeases Russia, distances itself from NATO, rejects trade deals, proposes a wall and a Muslim ban, wants to keep the Iran deal and condemns the Iraq war, his Vice Presidential pick is against all of the above. Pence has criticized Russia, defended NATO, was a staunch supporter of the Iraq war, advocated trade deals, criticized the Muslim ban and rejects the Iran deal."
New York Times: Abroad in America, Deciphering the 2016 Presidential Race -- " Elections are a fraught business in many parts of the world. In many of those countries, the American way of choosing a president seems ideal, however imperfect. The electoral machine resembles a classic, Detroit-model limousine: large, showy and expensive, yet robust and broadly predictable."
BBC News: US election: What's the point of a party convention? — "Every four years, US political parties hold conventions to make official whom they have selected to become their nominee for president. But what actually happens there?"
This program aired on July 19, 2016.