A National Security Team of One
His brain trust will need more than one brain.
Many voters may be wondering what a President Donald Trump would do on foreign policy in addition to making “better deals.” Part of that starts with who his advisers might be. “I’m speaking with myself, number one, because I have a very good brain and I’ve said a lot of things,” Trump answered to that very question. Because he wrote a book 16 years ago that mentioned Osama bin Laden, he declared, “So I know what I’m doing, and I listen to a lot of people, I talk to a lot of people, and at the appropriate time I’ll tell you who the people are. But I speak to a lot of people, but my primary consultant is myself, and I have, you know, I have a good instinct for this stuff.”
As The Wall Street Journal editors rejoined, “Richard Nixon forgot more about foreign policy than Mr. Trump has ever known, and he still brought in Henry Kissinger. George H.W. Bush, a former Vice President and CIA director, had James Baker and Dick Cheney. All Presidents need trusted lieutenants who have thought about the world. On stage with Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Trump will have to do more than point to his real-estate deals as a qualification for negotiating with China’s Xi Jinping. Maybe Mr. Trump figures he can keep blustering his way to the White House. But the anti-Trump coalition could grow if voters see a front-runner who won’t debate, threatens riots if he doesn’t win, and whose foreign-policy brain trust consists of one brain.”