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The Return of Team America?

Donald Trump promised to put the country first. His new foreign policy advisers may suggest otherwise

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@MattLaslo

BUSHY LEAGUE Bolton, arguably the most hawkish member of the new guard, is a concern for moderates and Democrats.
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IN THE SPRING OF 2016, AS Donald Trump cruised to the Republican presidential nomination, he convened an elite crowd in a Washington, D.C., ballroom to announce a new proposal that would, as he put it, “shake the rust off America’s foreign policy.” Backed by American flags, he eviscerated decades of GOP orthodoxy— specifically the nation building of George W. Bush in Iraq—and pledged to enact a “coherent foreign policy” that would shun distant conflicts and put “America first.” Trump pledged to find “talented experts with approaches and practical ideas, rather than surrounding myself with those who have perfect résumés but very little to brag about except responsibility for a long history of failed policies and continued losses at war. We have to look to new people.”

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