ABC News’ Arlette Saenz (@arlettesaenz) reports:
Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld helped coordinate a foreign policy and national security briefing for Texas Governor Rick Perry in Austin last Wednesday, as first reported by Politico.
“Governor Perry's staff recently reached out to our office for names of national security and foreign policy experts that Mr. Rumsfeld respects and trusts,” Keith Urbahn, spokesman for Rumsfeld said in a statement. “To Mr. Rumsfeld's knowledge, Governor Perry's staff selected the individuals who attended last week's briefing in Austin, Texas.”
The National Journal reported Perry met with national security experts Doug Feith, who served as undersecretary of defense for the George W. Bush Administration and William Luti, who was a special assistant to George W. Bush and served on the National Security Council, last week.
Per Rumsfeld’s spokesman, the former defense secretary has not met recently with Perry and is keeping an eye on the Republican candidate’s foreign policy positions.
“Mr. Rumsfeld and Governor Perry have not spoken or met recently, though Mr. Rumsfeld has met with a number of Republican presidential candidates over the past months. He is watching the current field with interest and is particularly interested in the candidates' positions on foreign and national security policy and their prospects in winning in November 2012.”
Earlier last week, Perry also dove into the foreign policy circle by holding a one-on-one meeting with former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf. The meeting was requested on Musharraf’s behalf to discuss Perry’s success creating jobs in Texas.