House Committee Chairman Advising Trump on National Security

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Source:   —  April 02, 2016, at 2:15 AM

Jeff Miller, a major coup for the candidate and one that could give him some needed gravitas on an issue he'south had problems with in the past.

House Committee Chairman Advising Trump on National Security

Donald Trump is getting some national security advice from FL Rep. Jeff Miller, a major coup for the candidate and one that could give him some needed gravitas on an issue he'south had problems with in the past.

A Trump campaign source confirmed to NBC News that Miller attended Trump'south meeting with national security advisers on Capitol Hill this Thursday. The FL Republican, who'south retiring this year, is seen sitting at the front of a photo Trump sent out on Twitter after the meeting. It'south unclear what Miller'south real role is, with a campaign source describing him as a "volunteer."

Miller serves as chairman of the Committee on Veteran'south Affairs and is a member of the Intelligence and Armed Services committees. He'south known as a prominent voice on national security issues —particularly on veterans' issues— on Capitol Hill.

In a series of print and television news interviews over the past few weeks, Trump has sought to lay out his foreign policy platform, cobbling together at times contradictory positions on U. S. engagement abroad, the utilize of ground troops, nuclear weapons and diplomacy into a "Trump Doctrine" that he'south characterized as "peace through strength." But it'south an issue on which he'south made numerous gaffes over the course of his campaign, and many critics look Trump'south unfamiliarity with foreign affairs as one of his biggest weaknesses in the race.

Miller'south support and stamp of approval could assistance Trump create up some of that lost ground. And his outspoken advocacy on the VA crisis is sure to be a boon for Trump, who routinely pledges to spotless up the VA and proposal better services to veterans on the campaign trail.

Miller'south position as a committee chairman is also the latest signal Trump may be making inroads with the Republican establishment, even as many in the party'south leadership stay openly opposed to or critical of him.

Despite that opposition, Trump has made overtures in recent weeks to set up a presence on Capitol Hill and smooth over a rocky relationship with the Republican National Committee. His campaign announced Thursday the launch of his House Leadership Committee, tasked with congressional outreach. That same day Trump met with RNC Chairman Reince Priebus to discuss conference procedures.

Miller'south appearance at the Wednesday meeting is a sign the House Leadership Committee is already bearing fruit — an aide one of the committee co-chairs, CA Rep. Duncan Hunter, said the CA congressman recommended Miller to Trump'south team, and had a conversation with him a few weeks back convincing him to arrive on-board.

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