Albright in Missouri speech: Democracy 'appears in retreat'

2 months 3 weeks 2 days ago Friday, September 20 2019 Sep 20, 2019 Friday, September 20, 2019 9:39:00 AM CDT September 20, 2019 in News
Source: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

FULTON (AP) — Madeleine Albright says during a Missouri speech that democracy worldwide "appears to be in retreat."

The 82-year-old former secretary of state who served during President Bill Clinton's administration spoke Thursday at Westminster College in Fulton, the site of Winston Churchill's famous "Iron Curtain" speech in 1946.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Albright said the U.S. should engage with the world, not isolate itself. She says President Donald Trump is helping to dismantle a world order embraced by presidents of both political parties since the end of World War II.

Albright said current U.S. foreign policy echoes its post-World War I attitude, when many "embraced protectionism, downplayed the rise of fascism, opposed help to the victims of oppression and ultimately endangered our world's security."

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