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SC Republicans hear little of Trump at RNC foreign policy breakfast

Speakers at a breakfast for South Carolina’s delegation to the Republican National Convention were slim on references to Donald Trump.

The delegation heard Monday morning from U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., for the second time in three months.

A potential 2020 presidential hopeful, Cotton headlined the state party’s Silver Elephant Dinner in May.

Monday’s breakfast was sponsored by the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, an advocacy group for a strong foreign policy that rejects isolationism.

Speaking to S.C. delegates, Cotton stuck to a foreign-policy heavy stump speech as he did in Columbia in May, after Trump’s inevitability as the nominee snapped into focus.

The attorney and U.S. Army veteran again on Monday touted that he has ties to the first-in-the-South state. Cotton attended basic training in the U.S. Army at Fort Jackson in Columbia.

Delegates also heard from U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-Springdale, and Fox News national security analyst K.T. McFarland, who interviewed retired U.S. Air Force Gen. Richard Hawley.

Asking the veterans among the S.C. delegation to identify themselves, McFarland said, "This is the group that is going to make America great again,” a play on Trump’s campaign slogan.

A delegation member seated near the stage expressed approval of the reference.

Cindy Costa, a member of the Republican National Committee, said most of the S.C. delegates are “reconciled to the rule of law” and Trump being the nominee.

Some conversations over breakfast tables focused on an upcoming vote on the Republican National Committee’s rules later Monday.

Members of the state’s delegation have to report to the convention hall at 1 p.m. when convention business begins.

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