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Trump taps Iraq War supporter as adviser

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>> Donald Trump hoping to gain some national security cred by naming former CIA Chief James Woolsey as senior advisor. But Woolsey's past as an Iraq war booster makes him an odd choice for a candidate who says he vehemently opposed the war and now calls it a disaster.>> We will abandon the policy of reckless regime change.
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National Security Correspondent Jonathan Landay reported extensively on Woolsey's role in the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.>> James Woolsey served for two years as CIA Director under former President Bill Clinton, and during the lead up to the war in Iraq was a fierce advocate for the invasion.
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He was out in public frequently suggesting that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, nuclear, biological and chemical programs. And not only that, he acted as a conduit for at least one Iraqi defector who was claiming that he had knowledge of secret Saddam Hussein biological weapons labs. Then this man turned out to be a fabricator.
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Donald Trump has cast himself as being an opponent of the war in Iraq, whereas James Woolsey was a fierce advocate of that war. But there's also the fact that James Woolsey was a Democrat. And given the fact that you have many prominent Republican national security experts who have signed on or at least endorsed Hillary Clinton.
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I think that this is a reason why Donald Trump brought James Woolsey on to hold him up as being a leading Democrat national security expert who’s now signed on with his campaign.>> A campaign statement quoted Woolsey as saying Trump understood the threats America faced and he supported Trump's planned military build up.
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>> America first, remember that, America first.