Friday, December 28, 2018

The Washington Post: Rand Paul is the Trump Whisperer

By Josh Rogin

President’s Trump’s foreign policy follows no firm ideology but is often a combination of his long-held personal views and the influence of whoever currently has his ear. These days, Trump is listening more than ever to Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who is quietly steering U.S. foreign policy in a new direction.

After Trump’s abrupt decision to withdraw all U.S. troops from Syria — against the advice of his entire national security team — a stunned Washington establishment rushed to blame Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who reportedly asked Trump to leave Syria during a Dec. 14 phone call. But Erdogan has made that request for years. What’s changed recently is whom Trump is listening to back home.

Several U.S. officials and people who have spoken directly to Trump since his Syria decision tell me they believe that Paul’s frequent phone conversations with Trump, wholly outside the policy process, are having an outsize influence on the president’s recent foreign policy decisions. The two golf buddies certainly are sounding a lot alike recently.

Paul told CNN on Dec. 23 that he had talked to Trump about Syria and was “very proud of the president.” That night on Twitter, Trump quoted Paul as saying, “It should not be the job of America to replace regimes around the world… The generals still don’t get the mistake.”

Read the rest here.


  1. If you want to drain the swamp you shouldn't surround yourself with swamp creatures for advisors. Trump has seemed too dim in the past to understand this. Maybe he's finally figuring it out. Doubtful it will last though.

  2. This line from the article is precious: "Most voters recognize that worldwide threats to our country are growing..."

    Are there foreign naval forces steaming towards the US? Foreign soldiers parachuting into the heartland? Foreign military bases popping up in Canada or Mexico? Pray tell, where are these threats?

    (More likely, the sentiment should be re-phrased: "Most foreigners recognize that worldwide threats from our country are growing...")