WASHINGTON — One day after Donald Trump said he was his own primary adviser on foreign policy because he has a “good brain,” Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama identified himself as one of the people Trump is consulting on international affairs.
Sessions, the first U.S. senator to endorse Trump for president, said Thursday morning that he was talking to a lot of “good people” and would report his findings to Trump later in the day.
Trump on March 3 named Sessions, a Republican member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, as chairman of his campaign’s national security advisory committee.
On Thursday, at a breakfast hosted by the American Council for Capital Formation, Sessions said Trump’s instincts on foreign policy “have proven wise,” including his opposition to former president George W. Bush’s decision to invade Iraq in 2003. Sessions supported the invasion.
“(Trump) did say early on in the process that he did not think Iraq was good. You can judge for yourself how well you think that instinct was,” Sessions said.
Here is what Sessions said about Russia and Trump’s overall views of military conflict:
“I think his emphasis on a more realistic, pragmatic foreign policy is good. I think an argument can be made there is no reason for the U.S. and Russia to be at this loggerheads. Somehow, someway we ought to be able to break that logjam. Strategically it’s not justified for either country. It may not work. Putin may not be able to be dealt with, but I don’t condemn his instincts that we ought to attempt to do that. You would have a firm policy, and when you identified an enemy he would move with strength and vigor and he would be more reluctant to see us enmeshed in conflicts around the globe for which there is no real end in sight.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine, a sovereign country, and drew international scorn and sanctions.
“I don’t think this is a trigger happy guy,” Sessions said about Trump. “I’m talking to a lot of good people. I’ll be talking to Mr. Trump today to report on those calls and just try to make sure that I’m sharing honestly with him.”
The hosts of MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Wednesday asked Trump with whom he consults on foreign policy and Trump said, “I’m speaking with myself, number one, because I have a very good brain and I’ve said a lot of things.”