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Our Celebrity President & Foreign Policy

May 6, 2018

American Presidents come from four different backgrounds and life-experience:

Public Service:         William McKinley, Herbert Hoover, George H. W. Bush

Military Service:        Dwight Eisenhower

Congressional Service:   Harry Truman, Lyndon Johnson, John Kennedy, Richard Nixon

State Governors:   Grover Cleveland, Woodrow Wilson, Warren Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush

Only President Donald Trump had no previous government experience. Consequently, the Trump administration is disorganized, ill-directed and ill-prepared to conduct American foreign policy.

The choice of U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, and the choice of former Governor of Indiana, Mike Pence, as Vice President, are the few good appointments of the Trump Administration.

Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, has a difficult task to perform because the President believes that American government employs too many people. Unfilled positions at the Department of State requiring Senate confirmation are many and the career foreign service has been demoralized by that failure and the ignorance of foreign policy by former Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson.

Here’s the problem: many nominations at State requiring Senate confirmation can be made by appointing professionals whose views are compatible with the views of President Trump. I listed thirteen on March 11 who have knowledge and experience in foreign policy that is currently lacking in the Trump Administration.

What will Mike Pence do to resolve this lack of competent, politically compatible, nominations at State? Will he appease the career Foreign Service or will he choose political conservative?

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