Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is eagerly showing pictures of himself in Israel, talking to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at the Western Wall, and so on. Just don’t ask any questions.
Walker, who is seriously considering a run for president, is in Israel this week. He’s trying to establish his bona fides as knowledgeable about foreign policy, a skill he’ll need as the campaign goes on.
Tuesday, he met with Netanyahu and other Israeli leaders, as well as U.S. Ambassador Daniel Shapiro. Walker tweeted how ‘our democracies share common values and work to confront shared threats.”
Walker has called his five-day trip a listening tour, and will discuss after he returns to Wisconsin Thursday.
Would-be presidential candidates have become wary of taking questions while on fact-finding missions abroad.. Earlier this year, Walker wouldn’t get specific when asked foreign policy questions by a BBC interviewer. He was asked if the United States and Great Britain should do more to counter the Islamic State. Walker said he was on a trade mission, and it would be inappropriate to talk about the president’s foreign policy when in another country.
That shouldn’t be a problem in Israel. But there are those pictgures, of Walker looking at Israel’s Decleration of Independence, looking at the Chagall tapestries, and so on.