How Trump Will Fight ISIS Worries Top House Armed Services Democrat


HASC's Rep. Adam Smith, in a C-SPAN-hosted interview, challenged Trump's incoming team to produce a national security strategy that doesn’t alienate the U.S. military's Muslim partners fighting terrorism.

How President-elect Donald Trump’s national security team will conduct the war on ISIS just two months from now is anyone’s guess, said a worried House Armed Services Committee’s top Democrat, Rep. Adam Smith, D-Calif.

Trump’s war cabinet is still being assembled with retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn named as the next national security advisor and Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., as CIA director, but no defense secretary yet tapped for the job. Smith sharply criticized Flynn’s foreign policy stances and disqualified one leading contender for the Pentagon helm, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., for subscribing to Trump’s vision of a more aggressive and unilateral American foreign policy. Cotton, at the Defense One Summit on Thursday, decline to discuss the potential nomination but argued for adhering to NATO alliance obligations.
Source: Defence one

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