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Donald Trump unveils team of foreign policy advisers

March 21, 2016 at 6:35 PM EST
Foreign policy dominated the day in the race for the White House. Republican front-runner Donald Trump revealed the first members of his foreign policy team during a trip to Washington, where he met with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and others to discuss policies and campaign strategy. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton denounced Trump before pro-Israel group AIPAC. John Yang reports.
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GWEN IFILL: Now to the race for the White House.

Ahead of tomorrow’s primaries, campaigns focused on foreign policy, as candidates stopped off in the Capitol.

John Yang reports.

JOHN YANG: Donald Trump spent today in the city he’s railed against, Washington, D.C.

One of his stops was just blocks from the Capitol, a midday, closed-door meeting with a select group of Republicans, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Trump made another stop to talk, this time on the record, to The Washington Post editorial board, unveiling his team of foreign policy advisers.

Alabama senator Jeff Sessions, who has already endorsed Trump, will lead the group. Other names include a former Pentagon inspector-general, an oil and energy consultant, and a retired Army lieutenant general who helped oversee Iraq after the U.S. invasion.

In the afternoon, he warned Republicans who are vowing to stop him not to organize a third-party run.

DONALD TRUMP, Republican Presidential Candidate: Well, a third party means that the Democrats are going to win, almost certainly. You can’t be that spiteful. You can’t be that spiteful, because you will destroy the country.

JOHN YANG: Trump held his news conference at a hotel development in downtown Washington. That allowed him to talk about the jobs he’s creating, and also show it off to the press.

Trump’s two remaining Republican rivals, Ted Cruz and John Kasich, were also in town, at the annual conference hosted by AIPAC, the pro-Israel lobbying group. It was the Democratic front-runner, Hillary Clinton, who spoke first. She zeroed in on Trump, saying he couldn’t be trusted.

HILLARY CLINTON, Democratic Presidential Candidate: Yes, we need steady hands, not a president who says he’s neutral on Monday, pro-Israel on Tuesday and who knows what on Wednesday, because everything’s negotiable.

(CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

HILLARY CLINTON: Well, my friends, Israel’s security is non-negotiable.

(CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

JOHN YANG: After the speech, Clinton headed to Arizona for campaigning. The only candidate to skip AIPAC? Bernie Sanders, the race’s only Jewish candidate. He spent the day campaigning in Arizona, Idaho and Utah, which hold contests tomorrow.

For the “PBS NewsHour,” I’m John Yang.

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