Meet the Trump Official Calling Beijing’s Bluff

Deputy National Security Advisor Matt Pottinger speaks at the Miller Center at the University of Virginia, May 4, 2020. (Screengrab via The White House/YouTube)
Matthew Pottinger has emerged as a key player in the administration’s adversarial approach to China.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE B efore Matthew Pottinger served the president as deputy national-security adviser, and before he deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan with the Marines, he was a China-based journalist, often reporting on politically sensitive topics that brought him to small villages.

“I always had a rule that when I arrived in a sensitive spot like that in China, I would always leave before sundown,” he said during a lecture hosted by the University of Virginia’s Miller Center in 2011. If he stayed too long, local police would find and hassle him. In one case, he broke this rule; he was on a roll, interviewing

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