What we're watching: Feb 20 to Feb 26, 2017

♦ The appointment of a new National Security Advisor to replace Mike Flynn who resigned last week. The short list appears to include the acting NSA (retired general Keith Kellogg), two other Army officers, and John Bolton, a lawyer and diplomat who served as US ambassador to the UN and is now with the American Enterprise Institute. Our pick? Bolton.
♦ Meanwhile, Trump's top people are continuing their intense round of meetings with key people internationally. VP Pence meets on Monday with grandees of the European Union, while the secretaries of state and homeland security travel to Mexico Feb 23.
♦ There will be another tense meeting between the Iranians and Saudis this week to discuss seurity issues related to the Hajj this fall.


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