Fri Feb 24, 2017, 10:57 AM

Trump's words send Cabinet on perpetual clean-up mission

With each passing day, Donald Trump’s Cabinet looks more like a clean-up crew.

The president’s undiplomatic comments are repeatedly forcing his foreign policy and national security appointees into the awkward position of telling an anxious world that, basically, their boss didn’t really mean what he said.
Still, whether it is Mexico, America’s NATO allies in Europe, or major Asian partners such as Japan and South Korea, Trump aides are scrambling to reassure counterparts that the U.S. is committed to friendships it has long sustained and policies it has long championed. As a result, many leaders in those other countries often don’t know who to believe.

"Of course we listen to them, but at the end of the day the fact remains that the president is the president, we’re not sure what the connection is between these people and the president, and so we have doubt, because they may not be able to implement the policies they’re talking about with us,” a European official told POLITICO.


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