McMaster: Trump's foreign policy approach is out of my 'comfort zone'
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes MORE's national security adviser H.R. McMaster said in a new interview that the president's approach to foreign policy is out of his "comfort zone" and suggested that he has altered the international community's view of the U.S. — but not necessarily in a bad way.

McMaster, a three-star Army Lt. General, told The New York Times that the way Trump handles U.S. foreign policy "has moved a lot of us out of our comfort zone, me included." 

“The consensus view has been that engagement overseas is an unmitigated good, regardless of the circumstances,” said McMaster, who served in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. “But there are problems that are maybe both intractable and of marginal interest to the American people, that do not justify investments of blood and treasure.”


McMaster described the president's approach to world affairs, which is often critical of multilateral international agreements and trade deals, as "pragmatic realism." 

McMaster has advised Trump through several high-stakes situations during his first year, including nuclear provocations coming from North Korea, which the president has met with threatening rhetoric and demands that the country dismantle its nuclear program. 

McMaster has also supported Trump in taking firm stances against foreign entanglements such as the Iran nuclear deal, a holdover from the Obama administration.

He acknowledges the impact of the president's "America first" stance on diplomacy.

“Some people have described him as disruptive. They're right. And this is good — good because we can no longer afford to invest in policies that do not advance the interests and values of the United States and our allies," McMaster said in May.