Group Founded by Nixon to Host Foreign Policy Speech by Trump

Screen Shot 2016-04-22 at 4.45.52 PMMAGGIE HABERMAN

Friday, April 22, 2016


Good Friday morning.

Donald J. Trump will deliver his first foreign policy address at the National Press Club in Washington next week, his campaign said, at an event hosted by a think tank founded by former President Richard M. Nixon.

The lunchtime speech, on Wednesday, will be Mr. Trump’s first major policy address since a national security speech last fall.

The speech will be hosted by the Center for the National Interest, formerly known as the Nixon Center, and the magazine it publishes, The National Interest, according to a news release provided by the Trump campaign.

The group’s associates include Henry A. Kissinger, Mr. Nixon’s secretary of state, as well as Senator Jeff Sessions, the Alabama Republican who is a senior adviser to Mr. Trump.

The speech is part of an effort by Mr. Trump to move into a new phase as his party’s front-runner, adding thickener to policy pronouncements that he had previously made on the fly.

The speech, according to the release, will address topics including “global trade, economic and national security policies.”

Mr. Trump has been criticized for his statements in recent weeks on foreign policy, including about how to address the United States’ role in NATO and suggesting that he was open to a nuclear-armed Japan and South Korea. Those remarks have prompted concerns from global leaders, who have sought more information on his views.

In the news release, Mr. Trump is quoted as saying: “I am honored to be invited to speak at an organization founded by former President Richard Nixon, and look forward to sharing my views on the many serious foreign  policy issues facing our country and our allies around the world. Trade, immigration and security policies are critical concerns of all Americans, and we must develop a clear, consistent long-term foreign policy for making America safe and prosperous.”