Gov. Scott Walker is set to deliver a foreign policy speech Friday in South Carolina, after a week of making headlines with his stances on immigration and U.S.-Chinese relations.
Walker is scheduled to deliver a foreign policy address at The Citadel military college, in Charleston, where he will "discuss his plan to reverse the failures of the Obama-Clinton foreign policy and restore American leadership in the world," according to his campaign.
The governor and presidential candidate unveiled the first policy paper of his presidential campaign last week, a blueprint to overturn and replace the Affordable Care Act.
As a governor, Walker's foreign policy readiness has been questioned. In April, before Walker had officially announced his candidacy, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said there is "no way" a governor could be ready to manage foreign policy on day one in the Oval Office.
Walker, at the time, told reporters Rubio was effectively questioning whether former President Ronald Reagan was ready.
"In my lifetime, the best president when it comes to foreign policy was a governor from California," Walker said in an Iowa speech. "In my lifetime, the worst president for foreign policy was a freshman senator from Illinois. I'm not saying being a senator or governor makes you better or worse automatically, because Jimmy Carter was a governor and he wasn't that great, either. But what it's about, it's about leadership."
Walker has called Reagan's strike-busting dismissal of air traffic controllers in 1981 the biggest foreign policy decision in his lifetime.
The campaign has hired several advisers to bolster the governor's foreign policy credentials.
In his presidential announcement speech, Walker was hawkish on foreign policy, calling for the country's defense budget to be funded at levels suggested by former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and issuing harsh words for Russia, China and Iran.
He has continued that push. In the first GOP primary debate, Walker said as president, he would terminate the nuclear deal with Iran on his first day in office, reinstate sanctions and implement even stronger ones — then convince U.S. allies to do the same. Asked about aggression from Russian President Vladimir Putin, Walker advocated for a "national security that puts steel in front of our enemies."
"I would send weapons to Ukraine," he said. "I would work with NATO to put forces on the eastern border of Poland and in the Baltic nations. I would reinstate and put back in place the missile defense system that we had in Poland and the Czech Republic."
On Monday, Walker called for President Barack Obama to cancel Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to the United States, urging the president to show "some backbone."
Walker critics were quick to note that not only did the governor and presidential contender meet with Xi in China during his first overseas trade mission in 2013, his flagship jobs agency has two trade venture trips to China scheduled in 2016.
The governor's statements on China came after his apparent shift among three different positions on birthright citizenship in a matter of a week.