Donald Trump will be in Washington, D.C. on Thursday to meet privately with members of his newly established foreign policy team, according to people familiar with his schedule.
Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s campaign manager, confirmed in an email that the real estate mogul would be in the nation’s capital, but he did not provide further details on Trump’s schedule.
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Trump does not have any campaign events listed on his public schedule, even though Wisconsin’s primary is just five days away. A Marquette Law School poll released on Wednesday showed Trump trailing Cruz by 10 points in the state.
Trump for months had declined to name his foreign policy advisers, and has said that he largely relies on himself when it comes to matters of national security and international relations.
“I know what I’m doing and I listen to a lot of people, I talk to a lot of people and at the appropriate time I’ll tell you who the people are,” Trump said earlier this month. “But my primary consultant is myself and I have a good instinct for this stuff.”
A week later, he rattled off the names of five men who are sources of regular advice on national security: Walid Phares, Carter Page, George Papadopoulos, Joe Schmitz, and Gen. Keith Kellogg.
The list, however, provided little reassurance to those concerned about Trump’s readiness to become commander in chief, as many of his named advisers are either unknowns or have mixed reputations among GOP national security pros.
He set off fresh alarm bells on Wednesday when he lamented the existence of the Geneva Conventions. “The problem is we have the Geneva Conventions, all sorts of rules and regulations, so the soldiers are afraid to fight,” Trump said at an afternoon town hall as he talked about his approach to torture.
The remark on international rules of war was just one of many eyebrow-raising statements that have created a streak of negative headlines for the New York businessman and have freshly called into question his ability to unify the GOP behind him.
On Thursday he draw considerable fire from both the left and the right when he stated in a TV interview that women who get abortions should be punished if the procedure becomes outlawed.
In a rare move, Trump reversed himself, with his campaign sending out two clarifying statements about his views on abortion.
“If Congress were to pass legislation making abortion illegal and the federal courts upheld this legislation, or any state were permitted to ban abortion under state and federal law, the doctor or any other person performing this illegal act upon a woman would be held legally responsible, not the woman. The woman is a victim in this case as is the life in her womb. My position has not changed – like Ronald Reagan, I am pro-life with exceptions,” the latter statement read.