Republican presidential front runner Donald Trump has announced to appoint a top American Senator as head of his national security team.
In a statement, Trump said Jeff Sessions, who has advised him on issues such as trade and immigration, will serve as his National Security Advisory Committee.
“It is an honour 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,” Trump said yesterday.
The announcement came hours after he was blasted by top Republican national security experts who said that they were opposed to his presidency as his vision of American influence and power in the world is wildly inconsistent and unmoored in principle.
Sessions, who has been on the Armed Services Committee for almost 20 years and is Chairman of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee, had endorsed him over the weekend.
“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,” Sessions said.
“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.