- “Face Nation” host Margaret Brennan asked Robert Gates if Trump’s run for president was a threat to national security.
- In a CBS interview, the former defense secretary expressed “concern” about the other Trump candidates.
- “That’s where I am,” he said of his feelings for the former president.
Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates said in an interview broadcast on Sunday that former President Donald Trump’s 2024 White House candidacy would be “worry” for him.
when asked CBS “Face Nation” host Margaret Brennan has expressed some hesitation if the prospect of Trump’s return to the Oval Office poses a threat to national security.
“That’s what I’m worried about,” said Gates, director of the CIA from 1991 to 1993 and Secretary of Defense from 2006 to 2011 during the reigns of George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
When Brennan said his answer was “a very diplomatic expression,” Gates admitted that it was his feelings right now.
“That’s where I am.” he replied
His remarks came as Brennan was referring to Mark Esper’s bombshell book about the Trump administration. In the book, the former defense secretary said the former president wanted to shoot protesters protesting the death of George Floyd, and the former commander’s ally – the chief of staff, called him disloyal when he refuted Trump’s claims about the murdered Iranian major Qassem Soleimani. .
In past interviews, Gates never said the warmest words to the former Republican commander-in-chief.
In a PBS interview in January 2020, Gates said: cursed Trump is divisive.
At the time, he said, “It is clear that becoming a unified president is significantly lower than the priorities of the incumbent president.” “I think he’s a distributor and I think he does it very consciously.”
The longtime Washington official also spoke critically of the Republican Party in a May 2021 “Face Nation” interview. He said the president he served would not be aware of what the current party has become.
He said at the time, “I worked for eight presidents. Five of them were Republicans. I don’t think any of them would recognize Republicans today.”
“The values and principles that Republicans have defended under those five presidents are rare these days,” he added.