U.S. Role In The World

American Exceptionalism and America First

By Abram Van Engen ● Religion & Politics ● 01/09/2018


In 2016, Donald Trump won the White House with a policy of “America First,” which he quickly made the official position of his administration. Such language can sometimes seem like American exceptionalism, offering an updated version of President Reagan’s “city on a hill,” but it actually offers a radically different vision of the nation’s place and purpose in the world.

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