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Hadley, Indyk: New Report Provides National Security Blueprint for Trump

(MSNBC/"Morning Joe")

By    |   Friday, 24 Feb 2017 02:01 PM

A new Brookings Institution report provides a blueprint for President Donald Trump's administration to move forward with his goal of putting America's interests first, said Stephen Hadley, former President George W. Bush's national security adviser and Martin Indyk, former U.S. ambassador to Israel, two of the report's contributors.

"I don't think anybody would disagree that our foreign policy ought to reflect our interests," Hadley told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program Friday.

"If you listen to [Secretary of State Rex] Tillerson, they have not rejected the notion there is an international order that the United States is to defend. The issue is how do you revise and revitalize that international order?"

The opportunity, Hadley continued, is to take the international order that's been maintained for 70 years and revitalize it.

"That could be a basis for a bipartisan foreign policy that would bring Congress and the Democrats and Republicans together," said Hadley. "A bipartisan foreign policy is a much stronger and sustainable foreign policy."

Indyk said that as far as the Middle East is concerned, there is a need to rebuild trust with the United States' traditional allies, such as Israel, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and in the Gulf states in hopes of restoring order in the region.

But when it comes to the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians, the report does not recommend trying to make that a priority, said Indyk.

"Donald Trump seems to think that is doable at the moment," Indyk said. "We think that first things first, we need to deal with the multiple crises in the region before making peace between the Israelis and Palestinians."

Hadley, as a former national security adviser, said he believes Trump's choice of Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster in the post was a "brilliant choice."

"I think he is a very successful military officer," said Hadley. "He has a reputation for having a sense of history being innovative in what he does. I think he understands the role of the national security adviser, particularly in this administration, will be to run a process in which cabinet secretaries have an opportunity to present their views to the president."

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