Bill Weld is a Republican candidate running for President against his party’s incumbent, President Donald J. Trump. Weld is a former Massachusetts Governor, serving from 1991 to 1997 and was recently a registered Libertarian, running as his party’s VP nominee in 2016, until he switched to the Republican Party to run in the 2020 election. 

DSJ has compiled a few key takeaways from interviews to piece together his Foreign Policy and Defense platforms.

On Nuclear Proliferation

In an interview with the Washington Post, Weld stated that he believed nuclear proliferation should be a top issue for leaders in Washington and that “it’s unbelievable that Donald Trump has suggested that the South Koreans and the Japanese perhaps should have access to nuclear weapons.”

In the same interview, Weld said that he would “put [his] shoulder behind efforts to reduce the [nuclear] stockpile.”

In another interview, Weld voiced his support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and stated that he would “rejoin the JCPOA without changes to the written agreement.”

On Russia

Weld has been vocal about his support for the Ukrainian nationalists fighting against the Russia annexation of Crimea.

Weld sees supporting Ukraine’s position as a buffer state crucial to US national security. “Accordingly,” he says he “would provide military aid to Ukraine – as much as was necessary.” 

On Afghanistan 

When asked about withdrawing from Afghanistan, Weld answered back emphatically — “Yes, I would carry that [the withdrawal] out in my first year in office. Delay would beget more delay.” 

Keep an eye on DSJ as we continue to update on the national security perspective of Presidential candidates from both sides of the aisle.