Fmr. Sec Def William Cohen: Trump Has "Taken A Wrecking Ball" To Every Pillar Of Stability Erected Over Past 70 Years


Former Clinton Secretary of Defense William Cohen said President Trump has taken a "wrecking ball" to the pillars of global security and, in his judgment, is not fit to be commander in chief on Thursday's 'Anderson Cooper 360' on CNN.

"I hear it, and I feel it in your voice and I’ve known you for some time and I can feel the anger and frustration here Is America less safe today because of his departure but also the president's decision in Syria and Afghanistan?" guest host Jim Sciutto asked

"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 11 -- 10 other nations and 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 in the way you demean them."

"You describe a series of decisions on America's greatest national security threats -- Russia, Syria, Afghanistan, North Korea. Is the president fit to be commander in chief in your view?" the CNN host asked.

"In my judgment, no," Cohen said. "I expressed this view to begin with. I must say it publicly, I did not support him for the president. I felt that 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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