CABINET OF TERRIFIC-NESS: Trump Names His Foreign Policy Advisors

Screen Shot 2016-03-22 at 9.10.19 AMWith this team, will a Trump presidency be a win for America or a disaster?

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has revealed the first members of his foreign policy team.

The advisers include academics and former military officers with expertise on the Middle East and energy issues.

Mr Trump told the Washington Post that he would name more advisers in the coming days.

Several of his advisers have served as experts for other Republican presidential candidates such as Mitt Romney and Ben Carson.

On Monday, Mr Trump named retired Lt Gen Keith Kellogg, Carter Page, George Papadopoulos, Walid Phares and retired Gen Joseph Schmitz.

The team is led by Republican Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama who has helped shape Mr Trump’s policies, most notably on immigration.

Mr Trump has come under criticism in recent days over his policy credentials. When cable news network MSNBC asked him who was advising him on policy, Mr Trump named himself.

Donald Trump recently boasted he was his own top adviser on foreign policy matters, noting that he had a “good instinct for this stuff”.

After more than a month of hints and promises, however, the Republican presidential front-runner has announced who else has his ear on international affairs.

The names are hardly a who’s who in the Republican foreign policy firmament – which could be good or bad news depending on one’s perspective.

Mr Trump’s positions on trade deals and military intervention put him decidedly outside the Republican Party establishment, and this list of advisers will do little to change that perception.

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