FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2019, file photo, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gives a news conference at the Air Force Base in Guatemala City. There’s an American leader whose words increasingly resonate abroad, who’s adored in foreign capitals and who sends a message just by her arrival. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has emerged as an alternative ambassador in the Trump era. (AP Photo/Oliver de Ros, File)

House speaker as US emissary: Pelosi emerges as force abroad

August 17, 2019 - 9:13 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is emerging as an alternative American ambassador abroad, an emissary for bedrock democratic values and the promise of stability that some see as diminishing in the Trump era.

Since retaking the speaker's gavel this year, the California Democrat has led large congressional delegations overseas, reviving a more traditional American approach to foreign policy.

As President Donald Trump prepares to head to France for the Group of Seven summit next week with his "America First" agenda, Pelosi has been quietly engaging the world from another point of view.

She's reinforcing long-standing U.S. alliances, and commitments to democracy and human rights at a time when the old order appears to be slipping away.

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