Key Official Recommends More Troops to Asia

( – A national security adviser in the administration of former President Donald Trump suggests that a “fight force” should be organized in East Asia around Taiwan with some Marines left stationed in bases like Camp Lejeune and Camp Pendleton.

On Sunday, former Trump national security adviser Robert O’Brien appeared on CBS’s “Face the Nation” for an interview. During that sit-down, O’Brien told anchor Margaret Brennan that despite the already-present contingent of US Marines stationed in East Asia, he thinks America should organize a “fighting force” in the region.

O’Brien’s recommended strategic approach comes after calls by the former president to bring home 28,000 Marines deployed in the region if re-elected in November and returned to office next year.

Brennan noted how O’Brien said during his last appearance that he would “be honored” to serve with Trump again and a recent Foreign Affairs essay by O’Brien about what he imagines a second Trump term to be like. She then asked the former adviser about Trump’s refusal to say how he would act in the event of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan and if O’Brien would advise Trump to use US forces to defend it.

O’Brien said that what is needed “is peace through strength,” which means moving soldiers and Marines “out of Europe” and stationing them in bases in Hawaii, the Philippines, Guam, and Australia, to reinforce the Marines stationed there already and send “a strong message” to China “not to invade.” He said the Biden administration failed to do this leading up to the Ukraine/Russia war.

After Brennan brought up Trump’s call to withdraw troops again, O’Brien responded that Trump always expected other NATO allies to share some of the burden of deterring China from invading Taiwan.

Brennan also asked O’Brien about the Ukraine/Russia war and the former adviser went on to criticize President Joe Biden’s handling of the conflict. He credited Biden for sending assistance to Ukraine while being selective about the type of weapons provided and what O’Brien described as “half-measure sanctions.”

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