By Peter Hare
Donald Trump has said that he's a "smart guy." That is the reason he doesn't need daily intelligence briefings. Too, he's said that he knows more than the generals about Isis. And 3 days ago he said he had more information about foreign hacking into the U.S. than the U.S.' intelligence agencies.
But, when it comes to foreign policy, he seems to know that he needs more than just smarts, that he must get more information. For that reason he has been consulting with Joey "No Socks" Cinque, a felon with ties to the Gambino crime family, and other mobsters.
Cinque, who was convicted of possessing nearly $100,000 worth of stolen artwork in 1989, was shot three times in what authorities described as a mob hit, according to a profile in New York Magazine.
Trump knows a lot about working with mobsters. He used mob-connected firms on development projects in New York and Atlantic City, and is said to be consulting with them about foreign policy issues.
Kellyanne Conway, Trump advisor, appeared on MSNBC to answer questions about why Trump is consulting with members of the mob like No Socks.
"When it comes to foreign policy, it's a matter of power and control. That translates into intimidation, foreign assassinations, and killing. Mobsters know more about these things than anybody," said Kellyanne.