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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

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Walker skips questions on foreign policy, evolution during London visit

While in London for a state trade mission, Gov. Scott Walker declined to weigh in on U.S. foreign policy or whether he believed in evolution.

He said it isn’t polite for American elected officials to comment on it while traveling abroad. As for evolution, “That's a question a politician shouldn't be involved in one way or the other."

Walker gave a 15-minute address at Chatham House, a think tank, before fielding questions from the audience, which included some reporters.

Walker passed up answering questions on whether he believed the U.S. should arm Ukrainian rebels, if Britain was doing enough to fight ISIS and other foreign policy issues. Each time, Walker declined, in part because he was on a state trade mission and because he did not think it was proper form.

“I just don’t think it’s wise to undermine the president of your own country,” Walker said.

The guv, who has been making moves toward a presidential run, said he might be more open to answering such questions during a later trip. He also answered a question about his own foreign policy experience by pointing to the risk assessments he regularly receives from the Wisconsin National Guard and the FBI.

“It concerns me both as a governor and a parent that I think there are very real threats in this world,” he said.

Walker’s office said he also met today with John Bercow, speaker of the House of Commons, during a visit to Parliament.

UPDATE: Walker took to Twitter to expand on his evolution statement and knock the media for politicizing the issue during the trade mission.

“Both science & my faith dictate my belief that we are created by God. I believe faith & science are compatible, & go hand in hand,” Walker tweeted.

See Walker’s campaign Twitter feed:
https://twitter.com/ScottWalker

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