DONALD TRUMP TAPS JEFF SESSIONS AS TOP NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER

Washington Times on March 3, 2016, reported that Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Thursday named Sen. Jeff Sessions as chairman of his National Security Advisory Committee that provides guidance on foreign policy and homeland security. Excerpts below:

“It is an honor to have Jeff as a member of the team. I have such great respect for him and I look forward to working with him on the issues most important to Americans,” he said of the Alabama Republican, who has served on the Senate Armed Services Committee for nearly 20 years and is chairman of the strategic forces subcommittee.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to recommend and facilitate discussions among exceptional and experienced American military and diplomatic leaders to share insight and advice with Donald Trump, regardless of their political views,” Sessions said.

Mr. Sessions continued, “Mr. Trump and the American people know our country needs a clear-eyed foreign policy rooted in the national interest. We need to understand the limits of our ability to intervene successfully in other nations. It is time for a healthy dose of foreign policy realism.”

“In the Middle East, this means forming partnerships based on shared interests, not merely overthrowing regimes in the dangerous attempt to plant democracies. We must also combat the refugee crisis by creating regional safe zones, rather than depopulating the region by migration,” he said.

“A national-interest foreign policy, combined with a military second to none, stands in contrast to interventionist ideas that could enmesh us further in the region’s chaos,” said Mr. Sessions.

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