Trump: We don't want to be the policemen of the world

President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job MORE on Monday said the U.S. should no longer serve as the “policemen of the world.” 

“We more and more are not wanting to be the policemen of the world,” Trump said during a joint press conference with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari.

“We’re spending tremendous amounts of money for decades policing the world, and that shouldn’t be the priority,” he said. “We want to police ourselves and we want to rebuild our country. And the president understands that.”

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Trump ran on the promise that he would extricate the U.S. from foreign wars and put an end to so-called nation-building endeavors. He has also long complained that the U.S. invests too much of its money and resources in international organizations such as NATO.

On Monday, he said he'd rather see the U.S. improve economic relationships with Nigeria and other countries.

Buhari said the best thing the U.S. can do is help train its officers in Nigeria, which in turn will stabilize the country.