Speculation is rife following Donald Trump’s meeting with top globalist and former White House Chief of Staff James Baker at the Jones Day international law firm on Thursday.
Spokesperson for former Sec. of State James Baker confirms meeting with Trump today in Washington: pic.twitter.com/SgIHgad0c8
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Baker, who also served as Secretary of State during the George H. W. Bush administration and Secretary of the Treasury under Ronald Reagan, is a member of the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations.
In addition to orchestrating the Florida “recount” that put George W. Bush and the neocons in the White House, Baker advised Bush on the invasion of Iraq.
Failed presidential candidate Marco Rubio, favored by the neocons, enlisted Baker earlier in the day to take shots at the presumptive nominee during a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
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Rubio asked Baker what he thought about suggestions by “some people” that more countries should have nuclear weapons.
“The more countries that acquire nuclear weapons, the more instability there is going to be in the world,” Baker said.
During a town hall hosted by CNN in April, Trump told Anderson Cooper nuclear proliferation is “going to happen anyway” and there is not much the United States can do about it.
The previous month he told The New York Times Japan and South Korea should pay for their own defense. “Now, does that mean nuclear? It could mean nuclear,” he said.
Trump’s remarks have alarmed the foreign policy establishment. During a speech delivered at the Mayflower Hotel on April 27 he criticized Bush and his coterie of neocons for the 2003 invasion of Iraq. He also took aim at Obama and his secretary of state Hillary Clinton for their military interventions in the Middle East.
“Although not in government service, I was totally against the war in Iraq, saying for many years that it would destabilize the Middle East,” Trump said.