I don?t think he has a political center. But underneath his surface, I think he is a business Democrat.
I think that's something Republicans tell themselves to assuage feelings of discomfort with a president representing their party. Where he's approved of, no comment. Where he's disapproved of he conveniently becomes a crypto-Democrat.
I saw a clip in which he states he as Bolton to balance out those advisors trying to keep him out of war. Do you think the generals, or Bolton or the military industrial complex (do you think there is one?) were happy when Trump said, ?nah? to bombing Iran over the drone?
In essence yes there is a military industrial complex - all those arms companies and the military itself (personnel, their families, etc.) will form a unified front to favour defence spending, and companies will favour military actions so they can test out their new toys in a live environment. How powerful it is, however, is less clear. When defence spending was nearly ~10% of GDP it was much more powerful than now when it's ~3% GDP.
I don't trust a single thing Trumps says. Nobody should. He lies and bullshits with total abandon. Whatever else anyone thinks about Trump, they must think that nothing he says can be reliably true or even half true. But let's assume he's telling the truth. Why would a president that wants less war appoint the hawkiest of hawks to balance other advisors that counsel against war?
Why is a president who wants less war committing to ever increasing defence budgets? He started off years ago saying it was too high. Then he started campaigning in 2016 and said it wasn't enough and it was time to obliterate the USA's enemies. Then he got in and said he wanted it cut again. Then he agreed to huge hikes.
How on earth do we believe that a president who picks a million fights and tramples over a million and one government conventions can't resist the military-industrial complex? And if he accedes to them, what on earth are we to make of claims to "drain the swamp"? What are we to make of the competence and understanding of a president that announces he wants reduced funding and deployments, and then is convinced to do the opposite a few weeks later?
What are we to make of his desire for grandiose militaristic parades (since aborted)? He's increased overseas deployment of servicemen, much into war zones (e.g. Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan). Although of course due to use of mercenaries - sorry, "military contractors" - it's also unclear quite how much action is being done that can't be readily observed. And then there's his rhetoric and actions which are likely to encourage conflict - and you most certainly can end up in a war by accident. And scrapping nuclear proliferation agreements? Is that really going to make the world safer?
Nothing makes sense about the idea Trump wants less military action. The kindest way we can assess him is a clueless blowhard overseeing policy chaos.