When it comes to foreign policy, Republican front-runner Donald Trump says, "The experts are terrible."
"You look at what China’s doing in the South China Sea, and they say, 'Oh, Trump doesn’t have experts,'" Trump told an audience in La Crosse, Wisconsin, according to Politico. "Let me tell you, I do have experts but I know what’s happening. And look at the experts we’ve had, OK? Look at the experts. All of these people have had experts."
"You know, I’ve always wanted to say this—I’ve never said this before with all the talking we all do—all of these experts, 'Oh we need an expert—' The experts are terrible. Look at the mess we’re in with all these experts that we have. Look at the mess. Look at the Middle East. If our presidents and our politicians went on vacation for 365 days a year and went to the beach, we’d be in much better shape right now in the Middle East."
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Trump's comments come only a few days after he named his foreign policy team, led by Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions. The team also consists of counter-terrorism expert Walid Phares, energy consultant George Papadopoulos, former Defense Department inspector general Joe Schmitz, managing partner of Global Energy Capital Carter Page and former Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, according to CNN.
But in his Wisconsin speech, Trump insinuated that he doesn't have a great need for foreign policy advice and will do better than past presidents who relied on counsel to make decisions.
“They say, ‘Donald Trump needs a foreign policy adviser.’ Supposing I didn’t have one, and I have a lot of people," Trump said. "I met last week with a lot of people, all good people. But supposing I didn’t have one. Would it be worse than what we’re doing now?"
He continued: “The people, the experts, and I’m not knocking them, I’m just saying the world is a mess. We’ve helped make it a mess. We’ve totally destabilized the Middle East.”