Trump advisers at odds over president’s foreign policy

FILE – In this July 31, 2017, file photo, national security adviser H.R. McMaster listens during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington. A long-simmering dispute between two top White House aides has boiled into a public battle over the direction President Donald Trump’s foreign policy, as a cadre of conservatives groups are pushing for the ouster of McMaster.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The direction of President Donald Trump’s foreign policy is at the center of a battle between two of his top aides.
Conservative groups are targeting national security adviser H.R. McMaster. They argue that he’s insufficiently supportive of Israel and not tough enough on Iran. Those critics along with a website tied to Trump adviser Steve Bannon are pushing for McMaster to be ousted.

McMaster is one of several powerful generals in Trump’s orbit who hail from the Republican foreign policy establishment. But Trump is equally sympathetic to the views of firebrands like Bannon, who are trying to push the party in a new, isolationist direction embodied by his “America First” doctrine.

Administration officials and outside advisers tell The Associated Press that McMaster and Bannon have clashed over Afghanistan war strategy.

The Golden Hammer adds:

Meanwhile, in the real world outside of the walls of the White House, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has made clear to the rest of the world that the United States follows our real interests and that American diplomacy is no longer a means by which liberals may spread postmodernist propaganda worldwide. Tillerson understands American reality and that’s what he discusses with world leaders on his travels representing true American interests. It’s a very different approach from his Obama-era predecessors who practiced modern liberal ideology and failed to look out for hard-core American needs around the globe.

In the Pentagon, Secretary of Defense James Mattis oversees a revolutionary reorganization of the American military. He’s not putting up with political infighting. Rather, Mattis is finally addressing the needs of the modern military after cyberwarfare and precision-guided munitions have come into their own as the dominant military platforms. He’s created the United States Cyber Command and he’s reorganizing the other services to make the Pentagon more cohesive and a stronger fighting force to address American security interests.

Therefore, the Associated Press’ emphasis on a little bit of infighting between two White House aides seems irrelevant and petty. McMaster and Bannon have so little to do with American national security policy that their feud or their opinions are wholly insignificant.

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