Among his other conservative positions, Gaetz gave a notable speech in May 2019 advocating for an America First foreign policy. He has criticized Congress' prioritizing Russia/Ukraine issues over securing the U.S. southern border.
Gaetz has been targeted by neocons for his opposition to war with Iran and his open contempt for George W. Bush. Their influence may have resulted in him being excluded from Trump's impeachment defense team.
- Wong, Kristina (May 23, 2019). Matt Gaetz Delivers Impassioned Foreign Policy Speech: ‘America First Means the American People First’. Breitbart News. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
- Moran, Sean (June 16, 2019). Matt Gaetz: ‘America First’ Means Protecting U.S. Border Before Avenging Japanese Vessels. Breitbart News. Retrieved June 16, 2019.
- Mills, Curt (August 19, 2019). Matt Gaetz Goes to Washington. The American Conservative. Retrieved August 25, 2019.
- Poor, Jeff (November 17, 2019). Gaetz: My Constituents Question Congress Concerns over Russia-Ukraine Instead of U.S.-Mexico Border. Breitbart News. Retrieved November 17, 2019.