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 TrumpTrump's newest Russia adviser, Andrew Peek, leaves post: report Hawley expects McConnell's final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Trump rips New York City sea wall: 'Costly, foolish' and 'environmentally unfriendly idea' 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 PritzkerBiden's new campaign ad features Obama speech praising him Obama Commerce secretary backs Biden's 2020 bid DNC hauls in .5 million in June MORE, Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha PowerSamantha Jane PowerPresident Trump's strike of choice Obama reveals his top books of 2019 Former US envoy Samantha Power: Trump finding 'new ways to compensate Putin for election interference' MORE and chief of staff Denis McDonoughDenis Richard McDonoughFormer Obama officials willing to testify on McCabe's behalf: report Trailer shows first look at Annette Bening as Dianne Feinstein 2020 Democrats fight to claim Obama's mantle on health care 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."