It’s only been a week since Donald Trump won the presidential election, and he’s already close to finalizing his cabinet.
Politico reported that Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, a member of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, is now the top contender to become Trump’s Secretary of Defense.
According to Western Journalism, Sessions was one of Trump’s earliest and most outspoken supporters about issues like immigration, but the two men have disagreed on other issues. While Trump has promised an increase in defense spending of $55 billion, Sessions has said we need to reign military spending in.
Trump’s opposition to the Iraq War a centerpiece of his campaign, but Sessions voted in favor of the war. In fact, Sessions voted against withdrawing troops from the region on multiple occasions.
“The group who spoke here the other day did not represent the American ideals of freedom, liberty and spreading that around the world. I frankly don’t know what they represent, other than to blame America first,” Sessions said at a rally in Washington, D.C. in which he defended the invasion of Iraq.
Sessions has also voted in favor of expanding NATO, an organization that Trump wants the U.S. to leave.
However, like Trump, Sessions has been critical of Barack Obama’s plan to allow thousands of Syrian refugees into the United States.
“Despite a clear nexus between immigration and terrorism, and warnings from top officials in his own administration about their inability to properly vet refugees, President Obama remains in denial about the dangers that his policies pose to the United States,” Sessions said in August.
“Instead of taking a sober assessment of the dangers that we face, and analyzing the immigration histories of recent terrorists so that we can more effectively safeguard our immigration system from being infiltrated, the Obama administration leads the United States down a dangerous path – admitting as many refugees as possible from areas of the world where terrorists roam freely, and granting a temporary amnesty to Syrians living in the United States illegally,” he continued. “And contrary to the assertions made by many, the potential for future terror activity is real.”
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