Donald Trump revealed the first members of his foreign policy team.
The advisers include academics and former military officers with experience in the Middle East and energy issues.
The Republican president told Washington Post that he will nominate more advisers in the coming days.
Several of Donald Trump’s advisers have served as experts on other Republican presidential candidates, such as Mitt Romney and Ben Carson.
On March 21, Donald Trump appointed retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, Carter Page, George Papadopoulos, Walid Fares, and retired General Joseph Schmitz.
The team is led by Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, who helped shape Donald Trump’s policies, especially on immigration.
Donald Trump has been criticized in recent days for his political powers. When the cable news network MSNBC asked him who advised him on politics, Donald Trump pointed out.
While some members of his team are not well known in Republican academia, others are seen as controversial figures.
General Josef Schmitz resigned from military service in 2005 amid allegations of misconduct. However, Joseph Schmitz has never been accused of wrongdoing.
Another adviser, Walid Fares, was criticized when he was appointed as part of Mitt Romney’s foreign policy team in 2011.
Muslim advocacy groups have challenged Walid Fares’ close ties to right-wing Christian militia groups during the Lebanese civil war.
He is an outspoken critic of Sharia, or Islamic religious law, and has appeared in Fox News and other conservative media as an expert on the Middle East.
George Papadopoulos was recently an adviser to Ben Carson, who dropped out of the race in February. George Papadopoulos has worked as a consultant for energy companies in the Middle East.
Donald Trump also said the United States should spend less money on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
“We pay disproportionately”, he told CNN.
“It’s too much and honestly, it’s a different world than it was when we first came up with the idea.”