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Trump Swipes Back at Robert Gates: ‘We Are a Mess’ After His Years of Service

After former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on Thursday appeared on Morning Joe and made it a point to slam the foreign policy blunders of GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump, the stage was set for a retaliation of sorts. Gates, who served at the US Secretary of Defense for five years under Presidents Bush and Obama, voiced his chief concerns regarding the rhetoric of Trump — and warned that our standing in the world may already be compromised as a result.

Speaking candidly with Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough Thursday, Gates cautioned that Trump’s overall unpredictability massively jeopardizes global relations, citing the “serious concerns” that our partners around the world would have in the event of a Trump win. Even before the election, countries may sense a “perceived threat” and evolving American viewpoints that could cause issues even in the remaining months of the Obama administration.

Since Trump is the ultimate player in the game of Watch-How-Big-I-Can-Swipe-Back, the real estate pro casually opined about the decorated security advisor, “He knows nothing about me!”

“Look at where our country is with years of him being involved,” Trump responded to Brzezinski on Thursday. “We are a mess… we need a new group with better thinking.”

The man likely to lock down the Republican nomination officially in Cleveland this summer then continued to address some more of the substantive portions of Gates’ charges, but only after getting in a few more personal swipes. “I’m not a big fan of his, by the way,” Trump noted.

Watch the above clip from MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

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