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Matt Gaetz urges Nikki Fried to ‘brush up’ on foreign policy

Have America’s endless foreign wars or the Trump administration done more damage?

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz urged Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner to “brush up” on her foreign policy Sunday, a coda to a brief Twitter exchange between the Republican Congressman and Democrat Nikki Fried.

“My dear friend, the Agriculture Commissioner, may need a brush up on foreign policy,” the Fort Walton Beach Republican texted Florida Politics Sunday morning in response to a question about the back and forth the day before.

The debate (roughly stated): Have America’s endless foreign wars or the Donald Trump administration been more destructive to the United States’ position?

Responding to a Michael McFaul tweet on Saturday wondering how the President could continue to serve as commander in chief in the wake of reported comments that he called troops “suckers and losers,” Gaetz noted that Trump, unlike many of his immediate predecessors, has avoided launching new military adventures.

Gaetz said Trump “is the first POTUS since [Ronald] Reagan not to start a new war. Many in the Pentagon, Congress & military-industrial complex hate him for it. They use endless wars to drive profit as we spill the blood of our best patriots. Trump honors troops by honoring their lives.”

Fried, a South Florida Democrat, sidestepped Gaetz’s formulation about “endless wars” to make a larger point about what she perceives to be the President’s destabilizing influence on the domestic front.

How about the war Donald Trump has started on American soil in our communities? His war will be more costly and attempts to destroy what our troops have fought for.”

The Commissioner used two hashtags, “#wagthedog” and “#ourbrandiscrisis,” to denote that Gaetz, in her view, is distracting from the larger point.

The Gaetz/Fried sparring is relatively new and, despite the shared affinity of the two for cannabis reform, unsurprising in this context.

The Congressman is a staunch advocate of Trump and his reelection, and Fried has likewise been an enthusiastic advocate for Joe Biden.

Each spoke at their party’s respective nominating conventions last month. Gaetz gave a solo speech at the Republican National Convention. Fried was part of a group oration at the Democratic event.

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A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at

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