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Obama Def Sec Offers Deadly Silence When Asked if Biden Would Be Good President: ‘I Don’t Know’

Obama-era Secretary of Defense Bob Gates gave a ringing anti-endorsement of Joe Biden when he was asked if Biden would be an “effective commander-in-chief,” and answered with three solid seconds of silence, followed by a shaky “I don’t know.”

On Sunday morning’s edition of CBS News’ Face the Nation, host Margaret Brennan asked Gates — a lifelong Republican who served as secretary of defense under Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush — about a passage from his 2014 memoir Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War.

“Joe Biden is impossible not to like,” Gates wrote, in the excerpt quoted by Brennan. “He’s a man of integrity, incapable of hiding what he really thinks, and one of those rare people you know you could turn to for help in a personal crisis. Still, I think he’s been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.”

“Would he be an effective commander-in-chief?” Brennan asked.

After a deadly silence that lasted almost four seconds, Gates haltingly replied “I — I don’t know. I don’t know.”

“I– I think I stand by that statement,” he continued, referencing his assertion that Biden has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.

“He and I agreed on some key issues in the Obama administration,” Gates said. “We disagreed significantly on Afghanistan and some other issues. I think that the vice president had some issues with the military. So how he would get along with the senior military, and what that relationship would be, I just— I think, it— it would depend on the personalities at the time.”

Watch the clip above, via CBS.

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