Trump Reveals Members of Foreign Policy Team
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Monday revealed a partial list of foreign policy experts who advise his campaign on foreign policy matters.
In a meeting with The Washington Post‘s editorial board, Trump listed five individuals who serve on his foreign policy team, chaired by Senator Jeff Sessions. Among them are Walid Phares, a counter-terrorism expert, who also served a national security advisor to former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney; Carter Page, a long-time energy industry consultant; George Papadopoulos, an oil and energy consultant and an “excellent guy,” according to Trump; Joe Schmitz, a former inspector general at the Defense Department; and retired General Keith Kellogg.
“I have quite a few more,” added Trump. “But that’s a group of some of the people that we are dealing with.”
The Republican presidential front-runner declined to name specific advisers who consult him on policy and international affairs, telling MSNBC that he considers himself his campaign’s foreign policy expert. “I’m speaking with myself, number one, because I have a very good brain and I’ve said a lot of things,” Trump told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” last week. “I know what I’m doing and I listen to a lot of people, I talk to a lot of people and at the appropriate time I’ll tell you who the people are. But my primary consultant is myself and I have a good instinct for this stuff.”