Donald Trump has released a list of some of his top foreign policy advisors.
He previously announced that he was his own number one policy advisor, saying in an interview on MSNBC: "I'm speaking with myself, number one, because I have a very good brain."
The controversial Republican front-runner announced his advisers during a meeting with The Washington Post.
Republican Senator Jeff Sessions has been announced as leading Trump’s foreign policy team. Sessions spoke strongly in favour of the war in Iraq, campaigning against anti-war protests. He also successfully introduced a bill to increase the death gratuity benefit (tax free compensation for family members who have lost a loved in combat) from $12,420 to $100,000. The website ‘Conservative Review’ have given him an 80% ‘Liberty Score’ The Senator is also tipped as a potential running-mate for Trump.
Walid Phares is a Lebanese academic and author who previously advised the 2012 Republican candidate Mitt Romney in foreign policy. He was criticised by the magazine Mother Jones in 2011 for his involvement in the Lebanese civil war, which they reported tied him to brutal sectarian massacres by Christian militias. Phares has stressed strong concern for the safety of Christians in the Middle East and has positioned himself as a pundit and counter-terrorism expert.
Joseph E. Schmitz was previously nominated by George W. Bush as Inspector General of the Department of Defence. He resigned in 2005 after allegations that he obstructed an FBI investigation, misspent tax payer money and accepted gifts that may have violated ethics guidelines. He is also a former executive at controversial security firm Blackwater Worldwide (now Academi). His Linkedin page states that he was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2013 as an "Outstanding American".
Also announced are Gen. Keith Kellogg, a former Army lieutenant general, Carter Page, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and founder of Global Energy Capital LLC and George Papadopoulos, a campaigner for Greek-Israeli developments. Trump has also said he will announce more names later on in the campaign.