MESOP BACKGROUNDER : Meet the minds behind Donald Trump’s foreign policy positions

March 21, 2016 – WASHINGTON POST

Donald Trump finally admitted that he consults more people than just himself on foreign policy. In a meeting with The Washington Post’s editorial board Monday, the Republican presidential frontrunner for the first time named five of the minds that make up his foreign policy team, including Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), who acts as the team’s chairman.

    “Walid Phares, who you probably know. Ph.D., adviser to the House of Representatives. He’s a counter-terrorism expert,” Trump said. “Carter Page, Ph.D. George Papadopoulos. He’s an oil and energy consultant. Excellent guy. The honorable Joe Schmitz, [was] inspector general at the Department of Defense. General Keith Kellogg. And I have quite a few more. But that’s a group of some of the people that we are dealing with. We have many other people in different aspects of what we do. But that’s pretty representative group.” [The Washington Post]

As far as what these team members are advising him to do, The Washington Post reports that Trump “outlined an unabashedly non-interventionist approach to world affairs.” Trump says he plans to share more names “in the coming days.”

Read the full story on these five Trump foreign policy team members over at The Washington Post. Becca Stanek