Tucker Carlson, Ann Coulter Force Trump Back Right on Immigration

Fox personality Tucker Carlson speaks at the 2017 Business Insider Ignition: Future of Media conference in New York

The death of “Trumpism without Trump” seems greatly exaggerated. 

So what does a Trumpist, divorced from Bannon, foreign policy look like? One critical area where this will be tested immediately is North Korea, particularly with all the potential fire and fury that could be sparked by the upcoming Pyeongchang Olympics in February. Bannon has noted to me that he views North Korea as a largely unsalvageable distraction. Carlson agrees, noting that Pakistan is a far more concerning case and that United States has allowed its nuclear armament for decades. But Bannon’s old enemies in the administration, namely National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster, see it differently. McMaster has emerged as a hawk’s hawk on North Korea, including entertaining some sort of first strike on the country.

Maybe the conservative war for Trump’s brain isn’t over. Instead, it could just be getting started.

Curt Mills is a foreign-affairs reporter at the National Interest. Follow him on Twitter: @CurtMills.

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