Trump never talked policy with military analyst he claimed as adviser

Trump never talked policy with military analyst he claimed as adviser
© Getty Images

The retired Army colonel who Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports Allies wary of Shanahan's assurances with looming presence of Trump States file lawsuit seeking to block Trump's national emergency declaration MORE listed as one of his “go-to” advisers has never actually discussed national security policy with him, according to a report in Mother Jones on Wednesday.

Over the weekend, the billionaire and GOP presidential candidate told NBC News that Col. Jack Jacobs, a military analyst who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his service during the Vietnam war, was one of the two men he listed as someone he “talk[s] to for military advice right now.”

ADVERTISEMENT

"Col. Jack Jacobs is a good guy," he said on “Meet the Press.” “And I see him on occasion.” 

Trump also mentioned that he turned to former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton for advice, as well as “the shows.”

According to Mother Jones, however, Trump and Jacobs never actually talk about policy issues. 

"I know him. But I'm not a consultant,” Jacobs told the liberal magazine. “I'm not certain if he has a national security group of people. I don't know if he does or if he doesn't.”

“If he does, I'm not one of them."

Jacobs, who provides commentary for NBC and MSNBC, added that he has “seen [Trump] at a number of functions,” and suggested that the businessman may have simply “said the first person who came to mind.”

“I’m delighted to hear that he’s a fan of MSNBC,” Jacobs added.

Trump has been leading multiple polls of Republican presidential candidates of late, but has been criticized from some corners for appearing to waffle on important policy issues and relying more on charisma than on solid ideology. 

Still, his policy positions on immigration and some other issues have roiled the GOP field and forced his opponents to respond. 

 

— Updated at 9:41 a.m. on Aug. 20 to correct Jacobs's military history