Candidate Donald Trump never had much in the way of support from the traditional Republican foreign policy establishment. But President-elect Trump is changing that. I count myself among those who are surprised and impressed as we have watched him assemble a team of national security heavyweights, both an impressive team and a diverse team.
Throughout the rough and tumble of the election cycle Trump was pretty well disconnected from the various factions within the GOP foreign policy establishment. He kept his own counsel and he won his own mandate.
The question is: What has happened since Election Day? After all: a large slice of our national security experts even signed “#NeverTrump” letters.
In short: the president-elect has assembled a very experienced team.
From the “generals”—James Mattis, John Kelly, Keith Kellogg, Michael Flynn—to top-tier choices like Mike Pompeo at the CIA, Trump is unifying the fractured foreign policy elite GOP.
The grown-ups are back—and they’ve agreed to support the new guy.