Speaking at a conference in Northern India, the Dalai Lama voiced concerns about America under President Trump. In an article published on Wednesday, Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin reported that the Dalai Lama commented on Trump’s “America first” policy, saying, “Your ancestors really considered the importance of liberty, freedom, democracy… the present president, in the very beginning, he mentioned ‘America first.’ That sounded in my ear not very nice.”
The Dalai Lama said he was worried that the United States was becoming more “selfish, nationalist.” He also expressed concern about environmental policy, saying, “The present president is not much paying attention to ecology. So, on that, I feel some reservation… But anyway, the American people elected him, so I must respect [that].”
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— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) October 11, 2017
According to Rogin, the Dalai Lama stressed the importance of nonviolence and collaboration to create prosperity around the world. He also said that Britain’s vote to leave the European Union was a mistake, and said that the European Union should serve as a model for diplomacy around the world.
The Dalai Lama made headlines in September of 2016 for mocking Trump’s hair and mouth in an interview with Piers Morgan:
The @DalaiLama offers his @realDonaldTrump impression: pic.twitter.com/NPSaf75U5n
— Lion's Roar (@LionsRoar) September 22, 2016
Nonetheless, the Dalai Lama has remained open to meeting with the president, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has affirmed the United States’ commitment to supporting Tibet.