Here’s former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on what he’ll do if Donald Trump wins the election:
Asked what he would do if Trump wins election, ex def-sec Robert Gates smiles, jokingly says: "Well, I live about 50 miles from Canada."
— Ryan Lucas (@relucasz) January 26, 2016
But it’s not just Trump that has him worried. Gates isn’t happy with many of the GOP candidates and what they’re saying on national security issues:
Gates: POTUS race dialogue on national security 'would embarrass a middle schooler' #PlaybookCocktails
— Gabrielle Levy (@gabbilevy) January 26, 2016
More from the Guardian:
Robert Gates, a Republican stalwart and former US defence secretary who served under eight presidents, has derided the party’s election candidates for a grasp of national security issues that “would embarrass a middle schooler”.
An ex-CIA director who first joined the White House under Richard Nixon, Gates joked that if frontrunner Donald Trump wins the presidency, he would emigrate to Canada. He condemned the media for failing to challenge candidates from both parties on promises he believes are unaffordable, illegal or unconstitutional.
“The level of dialogue on national security issues would embarrass a middle schooler,” Gates said of the Republican contenders at a Politico Playbook event in Washington on Monday. “People are out there making threats and promises that are totally unrealistic, totally unattainable. Either they really believe what they’re saying or they’re cynical and opportunistic and, in a way, you hope it’s the latter, because God forbid they actually believe some of the things that they’re saying.”
Robert Gates served as Secretary of Defense under both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, but he’s been highly critical of Obama since his resignation:
Bob Gates on Obama, "The Smartest Person in the Room" — Not a compliment | https://t.co/Y0W7KJIf16
— Mike Doran (@Doranimated) January 26, 2016
Former US defense secretary explains the ripple effects of the US backing down on its 'red line' in Syria https://t.co/jLOuw0OH5k
— Business Insider (@businessinsider) January 26, 2016
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) January 25, 2016
— Justin Miller (@justinjm1) January 25, 2016