Julian Castro on Foreign Policy



21st century Marshall Plan for Central and Latin America

We need a 21st century Marshall Plan for Central and Latin America, because the problem is that folks can't find safety and opportunity in Honduras or El Salvador or Guatemala [the "Northern Triangle" which is the source of most refugees top the U.S.]. If we can partner with those countries so that people can find safety and opportunity there, instead of having to come and knock on the door of the United States, you know, that's what they want. That is going to be better for those countries.
Source: CNN Town Hall: 2020 presidential hopefuls , Apr 11, 2019

Rebuild alliances & reclaim role as world leader

I would repair the damage that this president has done to alliances around the world that have helped keep us safer. My first order of business would be to make sure that we repair those alliances. The country has a role to lead for the values that we believe in, for freedom, democracy, and opportunity. That doesn't mean that we entangle ourselves in wars. However, we need to reclaim our role as the world leader in standing up for things like human rights around the world.
Source: CNN Town Hall: 2020 presidential hopefuls , Apr 11, 2019

Strengthen our relationship with allies to keep us safe

Today the greatest threat to our national security is the fact that this president is damaging the relationships that we've had at place in the post-World War II era, whether it's NATO or other alliances with individual countries, that have kept us safer. The first thing that I would do if I were president, with regard to our relationships around the world, is to strengthen them. Because those alliances have helped keep us safe.
Source: ABC This Week 2019 interviews for 2020 Democratic primary , Jan 6, 2019

Sister city builds strong bonds to South Korea

A push by Texas business leaders for increased trade with South Korea gets a boost this week when Mayor Julian Castro attends a White House state dinner Thursday for President Lee Myung-bak of the Republic of Korea. San Antonio delegates, including Castro, are in South Korea this week as part of a mission to increase trade, particularly in the environmental energy, biomedical and biotechnology industries.

The San Antonio delegation will visit Korean sister city Gwangju. "The sister city relationship between San Antonio and Gwangju underscores the important trade relationship that exists between the US and South Korea," Castro said. "It will be an honor to cap off the trip at the White House dinner with President Myung-bak," Castro said.

A White House statement said the state visit "will highlight the strong alliance, global partnership and deep economic ties between the US and the Republic of Korea."

Source: Houston Chronicle, "State dinner for Korean President" , Oct 11, 2011

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