Republican nominee Donald Trump expanded his national security advisory council two days before the next presidential debate.
The Trump campaign announced Friday that his team is being joined by Fox News national security analyst K.T. McFarland; Sens. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., Richard Burr, R-N.C., Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Jim Inhofe, R-Okla.; Reps. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, and Darrell Issa, R-Calif.; former CIA Director James Woolsey; Colony Capital Chairman Tom Barrack; former U.S. Ambassador Charlie Glazer; and former Attorney General John Ashcroft.
“This distinguished group stands behind Mr. Trump because it is imperative that the U.S. has a strong leader to combat terrorism, strengthen its borders and make sure that America is safe,” the campaign said in a statement.
The campaign said that the new members of the team “recognize that America’s national security and foreign relations have been decimated by the weakness and failed policies of the Obama/Clinton Administration, and it will take years to repair the damage they inflicted.”
The statement also said “the Obama/Clinton Administration has wrecked America’s credibility internationally, weakened defense capabilities and has shown great disrespect to military personnel.”
Trump’s existing advisory council includes Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.; retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn; and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
Trump this week said that there has been too much talk about how ISIS will be defeated and not enough action on a way to accomplish the chore.
“Isn’t there an element of surprise?” he told a New Hampshire crowd on Thursday.
“Remember when we were young and we were studying history, and they talk about some of the great generals, and the great attacks? … Wouldn’t it be nice if we attacked first, and talked about our great victory later?” he added.
“It’s a very, very sad thing. We are being run by people that are incompetent,” Trump said.
He has also noted that America’s military edge has eroded.
“President Obama and Hillary Clinton have also overseen deep cuts in our military, which only invite more aggression from our adversaries. History shows that when America is not prepared is when the danger is greatest. We want to deter, avoid and prevent conflict through our unquestioned military strength,” he said last month.
“Under Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, defense spending is on track to fall to its lowest level as a share of the economy since the end of World War II. We currently have the smallest Army since 1940. The Navy is among the smallest it has been since 1915. And the Air Force is the smallest it has been since 1947,” Trump said.
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