Background on the candidate’s statements, positions, and record on diplomacy, global development, and America’s role the world

On U.S. global leadership:

  • Senator Amy Klobuchar has a long track record of supporting American global engagement, saying “A safer world is not just about what we do here at home. Even if you want to isolate yourself from the rest of the world, the rest of the world won’t let you.”
  • In 2017, Senator Klobuchar and Representative Tom Emmer (R-MN) penned a letter criticizing cuts to global development and diplomacy, stating “United States international affairs operations have helped save lives, secure unstable regions, and build democracies. The drastic cuts… will undoubtedly limit American global leadership and shortchange the contributions we make across the globe to development and humanitarian assistance.”

On diplomacy, global development, and national security:

  • Noting that foreign aid represents “less than 1% of our annual budget,” Senator Klobuchar has said it “is critical to helping address refugee crises, preventing radicalization and promoting stability around the world.”
  • As president, she has said she will “reverse dramatic proposed funding cuts to diplomacy and foreign assistance,” “reduce State Department vacancies,” and “protect funding for the Northern Triangle,” saying the latter cuts “present a serious risk to our national security and undermine efforts to address the underlying conditions driving migration to the United States.”
  • Senator Klobuchar has a strong track record of supporting the International Affairs Budget and has voted against all amendments to cut foreign assistance. She voted in favor of the Blunt-Murray Zika Response amendment and 2008 PEPFAR reauthorization.
  • She has called for the United States to re-enter the International Climate Agreement, calling it a day one priority, saying the U.S. needs to “maintain global leadership to address the climate crisis.”

On global health:

  • Senator Klobuchar has said “we must continue to lead the global fight against AIDS, Zika, Ebola, malaria, and other diseases” and has called for increased funding to address global health crises and “develop and distribute stockpiles of medicine and vaccinations to prevent future global epidemics.”
  • On the threat of pandemics, she has stated that “the spread of viruses like Ebola and Zika threaten our national security. The best way to stop the spread of dangerous viruses is to address the outbreaks at the source.”
  • At a 2018 event in Minneapolis, Klobuchar said we should view global health challenges both as a “national security issue” and a “humanitarian issue” and that we must continue “working with our allies around the world.”

On alliances:

  • Senator Klobuchar has praised working with allies saying, “International organizations and institutions can be vehicles for achieving our objectives and serving our national interests, and we must make the most of them.”

On global economic engagement:

  • As a member of the Agricultural Committee, Senator Klobuchar has promoted the value of global economic engagement for rural America, noting, “I believe we need to be doing everything we can to help American farmers sell more of their products in foreign markets. Exports are key to the success of our beef, pork, and turkey producers, and I will do everything I can to assist them in breaking down export barriers.”

Relevant Links

In 2018, the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition hosted Senator Klobuchar for an event in Minneapolis, MN and in 2017 she spoke at the USGLC’s State Leaders Summit.