Former Defense Secretary Gates: “At least ‘Trump’ didn’t start new wars”
Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Sunday offered measured support to President TrumpDonald Trump NIH Director Begs Evangelicals to “Examine Evidence” on Vaccines, noting that “at least” the president did not start a war and funded the military.
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“I would say this, Chuck. First of all, unlike his three predecessors, and I write about it in the book, at least he didn’t start new wars and he solidly funded the military, ”Gates replied.
Gates was appointed by former President George W. Bush and also served under former President Obama. His new book, “Exercise of Power: American Failures, Successes, and a New Path Forward in the Post-Cold War World”, will be released this week.
Gates also said he supported Trump’s “outreach” to North Korea.
“It came to nothing, but I thought it was a bold move, and everything else had failed over the past 25 years,” he added. “But there’s also the flip side in terms of some of the things he says. His treatment and words about military men and military heroes like John mccainJohn Sidney McCainKelly Raises One Million In Q3 Legislative Limbo – How Far Can It Go? Far-left bullies resort to harassment and shame from Kyrsten Sinema – it won’t work MORE that I admire a lot that are really embarrassing.
Gates also said Trump uses the military as a “prop” more than his Oval Office predecessors.
“You know, every president I’ve worked for loved to use the military as a prop. I think this president probably took that to a new level,” Gates said. “But the military must be very sensitive to the being exploited in this way. “
His comments followed the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the General. Marc Milleystatement from last week expressing regret for participating in Assetphoto-op outside St. John’s Episcopal Church last week.
Gates said he believes Milley “really struggled” with how to react to the situation.
“I have known Mark Milley for a long time, and he is a man of great integrity, who takes his responsibilities as a non-partisan military officer very seriously,” said Gates. “I think the important thing was that he made the statement, in all sincerity, and, frankly, I think, in addition to his statement, written statement, to senior commanders around the world on the apolitical nature of the The US military sent a powerful signal and reiterated the importance for the military to stay out of politics and, frankly, not get used to it. “
Milley was pictured in uniform walking with Trump toward church shortly after protesters near the White House were forcibly evicted from Lafayette Square by federal law enforcement and National Guards.
Milley said he regretted participating in the photoshoot during a recorded message that was released during the National Defense University graduation ceremony last week.
“I shouldn’t have been there. My presence at this time and in this environment created a perception of the military involved in domestic politics, ”he said.