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Trump Administration: Why 'Doves' and 'Hawks' Locked in the 'Same Cage'

© AP Photo / Evan VucciPresident-elect Donald Trump, left, walks with his son Barron, center, and wife Melania, to speak at an election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York
President-elect Donald Trump, left, walks with his son Barron, center, and wife Melania, to speak at an election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York - Sputnik International
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Commenting on the recent choice of politicians and the potential candidates for the US President-Elect’s team, Russian political analysts explain that by putting political “hawks” and “doves” in “the same very cage”, Donald Trump has some kind of plan in mind.

US President-elect Donald Trump has picked three conservative loyalists to lead his national security and law enforcement teams, Reuters reported on Friday. 

Senator Jeff Sessions, whose tough and sometimes inflammatory statements on immigration have reflected those of Donald Trump, has been chosen for attorney general.

© AFP 2021 / MANDEL NGANSenator Jeff Sessions, R-AL, speaks at a rally for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at Ambridge Area Senior High School on October 10, 2016 in Ambridge, Pennsylvania
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Retired Army Lieutenant General Mike Flynn, who has championed Trump's promises to take a more aggressive approach to terrorism, was chosen as his national security adviser.

Mike Pompeo, a vocal critic of the Obama administration's security policy, has been chosen as director of the Central Intelligence Agency. 

Moreover, the US media reported that the president-elect is going to meet with Mitt Romney, the Republican Party's nominee for the post in the 2012 election, to possibly offer him the role of secretary of state in Trump’s administration.

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Commenting on the announcements, Russian political analysts noted that Romney and Flynn have common views on a number of geopolitical issues, however their stances on the situation in the Middle East and relationship with Russia differ diametrically.

In his 2012 presidential campaign, Mitt Romney vocally labeled Russia the number one geopolitical threat to the US and pursued a tough policy towards China and Iran.

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Mike Flynn, who ran the Defense Intelligence Agency until retiring in 2014, on the contrary has urged for building closer ties with Russia and has been sending a “constant stream” of warnings to the Obama administration about how dangerous it would be to topple the Assad government in Syria.

Commenting on the above announcements, Russian political analysts noted that even though the division of politicians into “hawks” and “doves” is largely conventional, Donald Trump seems to have a goal in mind by putting them in “the same very cage.”

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It is not about politics, but Trump‘s peculiar management style, Timofey Bordachev, Director of the Center for Comprehensive European and International Studies of the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs at Russia’s High School of Economics, told RIA Novosti.  

“Those who have been studying the business biography of the newly elected president have noted that he has always played off his high-ranking employees against each other. While doing so he remained above the fight,” he said.

The political analyst further explained that the Republican has been conducting his presidential campaign as if it was a sales promotion and there is little doubt that he will lead his country like the head of a large corporation: he will listen to all points of view but make the decision on his own. 

Gevorg Mirzayan, an assistant professor of the Political Science department at the Financial University in Moscow pointed out two purposes for the nominations.

“Trump needs to consolidate the Republican Party, hence he should nominate representatives of different party groups to key positions in his administration to win the support of the whole party,” he told RIA Novosti.

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The second purpose is to form an administration that doesn’t look too “dovish” or too “hawkish” to be able to avoid further accusations of excessive loyalty towards Moscow, he suggested.

Thus without an image of a ‘dove” who neglects the national interests, he will be able to normalize Russian-American relations, the expert said.

He further explained that the US and the While House in particular, have certain traditions of political decision- making. It is either made on a compromise or as the result of a combination of different points of view.

For such a decision to become the right one and most effective, it is needed to combine the most diverse points of view. Then the final stance on a certain issue will accommodate the maximum interests, Mirzayan said. 

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