Former CIA man says Trump’s bottom line take on presidency could be refreshing

Jan 31, 2017, 5:53 AM | Updated: 12:25 pm
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)...
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

PHOENIX — Donald Trump’s bottom line attitude toward his presidency could be a breath of fresh air on some issues, a former CIA employee who lives in Arizona said.

“I think we’ve spent a long time hauling a lot of global water,” Paul Kinsinger with the Thunderbird School of Global Management said.

“On the other hand, there’s an attitude that things on the international scene are simple and they’ve been made too complex and that’s not true. I think it’s the opposite and many things on the international scene are highly complex.”

Kinsinger — who spent nearly 20 years with the CIA, primarily in the Middle East — believes Trump will be looking for clear-cut victories on the international stage. He said the president will likely use a “what’s in it for America?” approach that some may misconstrue as an isolationist policy.

Kinsinger said Trump’s stance will actually echo his campaign promise of “America first.”

“Isolationists would be staying out of everything and I think we hear that from the way the president talks about things,” he said, “On the other hand, I don’t see him shying away from carrying a big stick on certain things when he feels the need to do so.”

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Valleywise Health photo)...

Valleywise Health sells former Maryvale Community Health Center

Valleywise Health, represented by Land Advisors Organization’s Healthcare Strategy Team, sold the Maryvale Community Health Center for $1.8M.
18 hours ago
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., arrives for a meeting of the Senate Homeland Security Committee at th...

Senate approves Biden’s sweeping Inflation Reduction Act

Arizona senators Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly praised the Senate's approval of a sweeping inflation and climate change bill.
18 hours ago
(Facebook photo / Phoenix Public Library)...

​​Century Library to temporarily close for maintenance Aug. 22

The Phoenix Public Library Century Branch will close from Monday, Aug. 22 through Sunday, Oct. 2 for maintenance.
18 hours ago
(Clayco photo)...

Real estate firm Clayco breaks ground on industrial development in Mesa

Real estate development and construction firm Clayco this week broke ground on a four-building flex-industrial development in Mesa.
18 hours ago
(Facebook photo / The Saguaros)...

Scottsdale 20/30 Club rebrands as ‘The Saguaros,’ donates to Phoenix Children’s

The Scottsdale 20/30 Club, an organization that threw fundraisers to help local children's charities, rebranded in July as the "Saguaros."
18 hours ago
(Public domain photo)...
Associated Press

Man sentenced to 24 years in prison for killing Arizona jail officer

A Phoenix man was sentenced to 24 years in prison for his convictions for manslaughter in the 2013 killing of a Maricopa County jail officer.
2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

(Courtesy Condor)...
Condor Airlines

Condor Airlines shows passion for destinations from Sky Harbor with new-look aircraft

Condor Airlines brings passion to each flight and connects people to their dream destinations throughout the world.
Carla Berg, MHS, Deputy Director, Public Health Services, Arizona Department of Health Services

Vaccines are safe if you are pregnant or breastfeeding

Are you pregnant? Do you have a friend or loved one who’s expecting?

Best retirement savings rates hit 4.30%

Maximize your retirement savings with guaranteed fixed rates up to 4.30%. Did you know there is a financial product that can give you great interest rates as you build your retirement savings and provide you with a paycheck for life once you retire? It might sound too good to be true but it is not; this product is called an annuity.
Former CIA man says Trump’s bottom line take on presidency could be refreshing