Fmr. Defense Sec William Cohen Says Trump Not Fit to Serve: He’s ‘Taken a Wrecking Ball’ to ‘Every Pillar of Stability’
“I feel it in your voice,” CNN’s Jim Sciutto told former Defense Secretary William Cohen on two separate occasions Thursday night during an interview.
What Sciutto could feel from Cohen — who served under President Bill Clinton — was frustration and despondence over the fact that James Mattis resigned in protest from Cohen’s old post Thursday. To Cohen, the Mattis departure following President Donald Trump‘s decision to pull U.S. troops out of Syria is just that latest signal of what he deems to be the commander-in-chief’s chaotic reign.
“The president has taking a wrecking ball to every pillar of stability and security we have erected over the past 60, 70 years,” Cohen said. “He’s systematically demolishing them — starting off with TPP, where he undermined 10 other nations in signing an economic agreement that would have, in fact, been in our overall interest. Starting there, and just systematically going after criticizing publicly our NATO allies. And they should have been criticized. But not in the way you demean them.”
Sciutto asked Cohen if he believes Trump is fit for office.
“In my judgment, no,” Cohen said. “I expressed this view to begin with…publicly. I did not support him for the president. I felt that by training and background and temperament, that he was not fit for the job, and everything I’ve seen to date. Not everything — I give him credit when he’s been right ,and I give him credit for taking on China on multiple issues. But when it comes to the national security and the way he’s dealing with our allies, and the way he is betraying our interests, then I say no.”
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