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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, Feb. 20, 2017 (AP photo by Susan Walsh).

Does McMaster Pick Mean Trump Will ‘Go Big or Stay Home’ in Using Military Force?

Friday, Feb. 24, 2017

The composition of a U.S. president’s national security team is always important, but it is particularly so for Donald Trump. Most recent U.S. presidents took office with some experience at policymaking and international affairs, and with ties to their party’s foreign and national security policy experts. Trump did not.

This is one reason that getting his people in place is taking so long. Of the 549 senior government positions that require Senate confirmation, 14 of Trump’s nominees have been confirmed, and 20 are awaiting confirmation. No one has yet been named for the remaining 515 slots. ...

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