Is a Coherent Worldview Emerging From Trump’s Cabinet Appointments?

Incoming Secretary of State Rex Tillerson delivers remarks while serving as CEO of ExxonMobil, Washington D.C., March 27, 2015 (AP photo by Evan Vucci).
Incoming Secretary of State Rex Tillerson delivers remarks while serving as CEO of ExxonMobil, Washington D.C., March 27, 2015 (AP photo by Evan Vucci).
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Decoding the national security consequences of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s proposed Cabinet is tricky. There’s a tendency to look for substantive connective tissue among the names, beyond loyalty to Trump. On climate change, skepticism dominates, with deeply disturbing implications. But on Russia, China, Iran and other major national security issues, expect policy battles within the Trump camp. Such diversity does not seem to trouble the president-elect, who thrives on keeping others guessing. With most of the Trump Cabinet and other senior national security positions now filled, some patterns of a new national security agenda can be discerned. The loyalists named […]

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