Former Obama officials launch advocacy group aimed at Trump's foreign policy

Former Obama officials launch advocacy group aimed at Trump's foreign policy
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A number of former Obama administration officials have launched a new group targeting President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Memo: Ayers decision casts harsh light on Trump NASA offers to show Stephen Curry evidence from moon landings Freedom Caucus calls on leadership to include wall funding, end to 'catch and release' in funding bill MORE's foreign policy.

The advocacy group, National Security Action, is co-chaired by former President Obama's former deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes and former White House deputy assistant Jake Sullivan.

The group includes more than 50 national security advisers and experts and seeks to oppose the Trump administration's "reckless" foreign policy.

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“On behalf of the broader Advisory Council, we’ve stood up a nimble, campaign-like structure focused on putting forward an affirmative vision of American leadership," Rhodes said in a statement.

"Given the enormous stakes over the next three years, we feel a sense of urgency about the need to substantially impact the public debate on national security and the future of America’s role in the world."

Jeff Prescott, former special assistant to Obama for national security affairs, will serve as the group's executive director, while former National Security Council staffers Rebecca Brocato and Ned Price will head up the group's strategy and policy, respectively. 

A slew of Obama administration officials will also serve on the group's advisory council, including former Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken, Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman, national security adviser Susan Rice, Commerce Secretary Penny PritzkerPenny Sue PritzkerMichelle Obama officiated Chicago wedding: report Election Countdown: Trump plans ambitious travel schedule for midterms | Republicans blast strategy for keeping House | Poll shows Menendez race tightening | Cook Report shifts Duncan Hunter's seat after indictment Former Obama officials launch advocacy group aimed at Trump's foreign policy MORE, Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha PowerSamantha Jane PowerHeather Nauert is the wrong choice for UN ambassador Khashoggi editor on Trump Saudi statement: 'This is a new low' The Memo: Saudi storm darkens for Trump MORE and chief of staff Denis McDonoughDenis Richard McDonoughLive coverage: Justice IG testifies before House on report criticizing FBI Ex-Obama chief of staff: Obama's Russia response was 'watered down' Former Obama officials launch advocacy group aimed at Trump's foreign policy MORE, among others.

Sullivan said the group is committed to organizing a "relentless, and national response to this administration’s dangerous approach to national security."

"This is not a new think tank or policy shop," he said.

"Our role is to help shape the public debate on foreign policy and national security, holding Trump accountable and lifting up an alternative, affirmative vision. That’s what’s needed, and that’s why we’re here.”

The group plans to mobilize policy experts and leaders across the country.

"Not long ago, the United States was the undisputed leader of the free world," the group said in a release.

"National Security Action will support and drive efforts to ensure America is once again."