Many Trump enthusiasts cite Heidi Cruz’s stint with the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), where she advocated for the private sector, as an indication that presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz is a “globalist.” If Heidi Cruz’s connection to the CFR makes Ted Cruz a globalist (despite Cruz’s extensive record of aggressively defending U.S. sovereignty), any thinking Trump supporter would also want to take into account presidential candidate Donald Trump’s repeated and vocal admiration for CFR President Richard Haass.
During the GOP debate in Detroit on March 3, Fox News anchor Bret Baier asked Donald Trump for “two or three names” of people he trusts for national security. Trump responded with three names, one of whom was Richard Haass, who Trump referred to as “excellent.”
This is the relevant portion of the exchange:
BAIER: Mr. Trump, you’ve repeatedly deflected calls for specific national security or defense policy plans with the claim that you’ll ask the best people when you become president, and take their advice.
So who are the best people? Can you reveal two or three names that you trust for national security?
TRUMP: I think [Council on Foreign Relations President] Richard Haass is excellent. I have a lot of respect for him. I think General Keane is excellent. I think that there are — I like Colonel Jacobs very much. I see him. I know him. I have many people that I think are really excellent but in the end it’s going to be my decision. [emphasis added]
Additionally, The New York Times reported that Donald Trump personally met with Richard Haass in August of 2015. Haas “offered to hold briefings with all candidates from both parties, and that so far Senator Marco Rubio, Jim Webb, Hillary Clinton, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, Gov. John Kasich of Ohio and Jeb Bush had made appearances at the Council on Foreign Relations.”
Ted Cruz is noticeably absent from the list, perhaps because then-Senatorial candidate Ted Cruz alienated CFR in 2011 by referring to the Council on Foreign Relations as “a pernicious nest of snakes” that is “working to undermine our sovereignty,” earning him a rebuke from CFR Vice President Lisa Shields as reported at Politico at the time:
“The candidate’s assertion that CFR is working to undermine U.S. sovereignty is factually wrong. The accusation is ludicrous…CFR is a membership organization for American citizens that works to promote a better understanding of American foreign policy and of the United States’ role in the world. Implicit in CFR’s mission is the principle that the United States is indisputably a sovereign nation.” – CFR Vice President Lisa Shields
On the other hand, Donald Trump’s admiration for CFR President Richard Haass was so blatant that NPR mocked Trump for implying that Richard Haass was a member of Trump’s foreign policy team.
See this excerpt:
RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:
Take foreign policy. The Trump campaign has yet to release the name of a single foreign policy adviser. Asked on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” who he talked with about foreign policy, Donald Trump had this to say yesterday.
(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, “MORNING JOE”)
DONALD TRUMP: I’m speaking with myself, number one, because I have a very good brain, and I’ve said a lot of things.
KELLY: Donald Trump has thrown out the occasional name, though. Here he is with Mika Brzezinski on “Morning Joe” a couple of weeks ago.
(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, “MORNING JOE”)
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Who do you respect on foreign policy? Who do you turn to? Who do you think is a great name?
TRUMP: Well, I respect Richard Haass, who’s on your show a lot. And I like him a lot.
KELLY: Well, Richard Haass is on the line with us now. He is president of the Council on Foreign Relations. Good morning.
RICHARD HAASS: Good morning.
KELLY: I have to start by asking you, did you know you were on the Trump foreign policy team?
HAASS: Well, I’m not on the Trump foreign policy team. What I do, or at least offer to do, is brief all the candidates – Democratic and Republican alike. It’s consistent with our mission as being a nonpartisan resource here at the Council on Foreign Relations.
And this time around, I’ve probably briefed a half-dozen or so of the candidates, from Hillary Clinton to Jeb Bush to John Kasich to Chris Christie and others. And one of the people I briefed – I think it was about six months ago – was Donald Trump.
KELLY: Right, back in August. Where did you two meet?
HAASS: We met in his office on Fifth Avenue.
KELLY: And what areas was he interested in?
HAASS: I’m not real comfortable going into the details of briefings. There’s a part of the deal with all of the people is that it’s private and off the record.
See below for the report with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski*:
*Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC’s Morning Joe are often criticized for their perceived slobbering all over Donald Trump. It should be noted that Mika Brzezinski’s father Zbigniew Brzezinski, has served on the board of the CFR, helped start the tri-lateral commission, and as Trevor Loudon reported in 2013, is a “globalist and a socialist.”
As mentioned above, Trump also praised Gen. Jack Keane and Col. Jack Jacobs, both of whom have denied advising Trump, as reported at Reuters.
Further, Trump cited Tim Kane of the Hoover Institution who wrote about Trump in an article for the Federalist. Kane said in part:
“I would not rule out Trump trying to nationalize whole industries and establish national price controls—that’s the way he thinks. Power. Strength. Size. He makes the childish mistake of equating the government with the country.”
Tim Kane’s comment is interesting if one contrasts it to a comment by Paul Manafort, the latest addition to the Trump campaign who said, as reported at CNN (more on Manafort in a minute):
“He [Trump] also understood that winning isn’t enough, that it’s about how you win and how much you win.”
In this vein, Donald Trump has also expressed admiration for Obama’s use of Executive Orders. As reported at the Hill, Trump said:
“I mean, he’s led the way, to be honest with you,” Trump said, referring to Obama’s use of executive orders.
The Republican primary front-runner said his executive orders, unlike the president’s, will be for the “right things.”
“But I’m going to use them much better and they’re going to serve a much better purpose than he’s done,” he said.
The founding fathers were really onto something with the concept of Limited Government, weren’t they?
Trump spending Christmas with George Soros and others like Communist Cuba-lover Oliver Stone in 2009, and additionally taking a high-interest loan from the globalist billionaire George Soros for a failed project in Chicago, are yet more examples of Donald Trump’s ongoing connections with creepy globalist figures.
Trump has brought two men into his campaign that have disturbing connections: Entrepreneur with deep ties to the Russian elite Carter Page & Paul Manafort as mentioned above, who “has been deeply involved with political figures abroad.”
Manafort was described at the Washington Free Beacon as a:
“…[former] senior adviser to recently ousted Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, a close ally of Russian president Vladimir Putin, whom Trump has repeatedly praised.”
While Donald Trump’s support for figures such as Hillary Clinton, Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Rahm Emmanuel and others is shrugged off by some as the price of doing business, this author could not fathom donating money to socialists who want to destroy the country, no matter what the business happens to be.
Engaged Americans are aware of the damage done by people like Hillary Clinton and Harry Reid, but Trump has donated to many other leftist politicians, as well.
As reported last month at the CBS affiliate in Sacramento:
“He [Trump] gave Democratic California Attorney General Kamala Harris $5,000 in 2011 and another $1,000 in 2013. He gave Democrat Gavin Newsom $2,500 in 2009, and [California Governor Jerry] Brown $2,500 in 2004 and another $1,000 in 2006.”
Trump’s beneficiary Kamala Harris, as an aside, is a hard-core leftist radical who is currently engaging in destroying the Constitution in California. Gavin Newsom is currently behind a ballot measure in California that, among other things, would ban “the possession of magazines that hold 11 or more rounds of ammunition,” as reported at the LA Times.
Trump’s other beneficiary Jerry Brown is currently in the news for several things, as well. Brown is sponsoring a “2016 ballot proposal seeking accelerated release for numerous prison inmates,” planning to “sign legislation Monday increasing California’s paid family leave benefits for people who take time off to bond with a new child or care for a sick relative,” and “signed a new law that would commit California to a $15 per hour minimum wage by 2022.”
Watch the report:
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