Monday, March 21, 2016

Republican Candidates’ Foreign-Policy Plans Come Into Greater Focus

Trump continues to play advisers close to vest; Cruz names 23 national-security experts
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump continues to hedge questions about his foreign-policy team even as the advisers to his two challengers are coming into sharper focus.
Meanwhile, some of Mr. Trump’s stances on Russia and the Middle East are causing concern in a diplomatic corps stunned by his rise.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s campaign on Thursday released the names of 23 national-security advisers, including conservative veterans of U.S. and British foreign-policy circles. Among them: former Reagan White House adviser Elliott Abrams, former National Security Agency general counsel Stewart Baker and former Missouri Sen. Jim Talent, who served on the armed services committee.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich previously disclosed more than 30 national-security experts consulting with his campaign, including former Nixon National Security Adviser Richard V. Allen and Alvin Krongard, a former executive director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Trump on Foreign Policy: “I’m speaking with myself 
No. 1 because I have a very good brain and I’ve said a 
lot of things,”
Mr. Trump, by contrast, has announced only one national-security adviser: Alabama Rep. Jeff Sessions. On Monday, he said the person he counts on the most is himself.
“I’m speaking with myself No. 1 because I have a very good brain and I’ve said a lot of things,” he said in an interview on MSNBC. “I talk to a lot of people and at the appropriate time I’ll tell you who the people are.”
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