ShareThis Page

CMU professor to aid Trump team on national security

| Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016, 12:54 p.m.
Kiron Skinner

Carnegie Mellon University associate professor Kiron Skinner joined President-elect Donald Trump's National Security Council transition team, the university said.

Skinner, who declined through a spokeswoman to comment, began working at Carnegie Mellon in 1999 and heads its Institute for Politics and Strategy. Skinner served from 2001 to 2007 as a member of the Defense Department's Defense Policy Board as an adviser on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Trump's national security transition team got off to a tumultuous start.

The New York Times reported last week that Trump's transition team fired former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers and consultant Matthew Freedman as national security advisers. The Times said Freedman was removed after questions arose over his lobbying work, while Trump's team had concerns about a 2012 House Intelligence report that “concluded that the Obama administration had not intentionally misled the public” about attacks on U.S. government facilities in Benghazi, Libya.

Tom Fontaine is a Tribune-Review staff writer.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.