Gates Slams Trump’s Foreign Policy: ‘He Doesn’t Listen to People’

From: freebeacom,  by Jack Heretik,  on May 1, 2016,  see the article HERE.

Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates criticized Donald Trump’s foreign policy Sunday on ABC’s This Week, days after Trump gave a speech detailing his views on foreign policy in Washington, DC.

When host Martha Raddatz asked Gates what a Trump presidency would mean for American national security, Gates said that Trump “doesn’t understand the difference between a business negotiation and a negotiation with sovereign powers.”

“He doesn’t understand that there’s a give and take in international relations that is different than in the business community. And just one further comment: He talks about walking,” Gates said. “How do you walk away from China, a country that holds a trillion dollars in US treasuries and with which we have a half a trillion dollars in trade every year and at the same time say we’re gonna launch a trade war against them at the same time we’re asking them to pressure North Korea.”

Gates said that Trump’s policies appear unrealistic or do not include details.

“For example, he, on the one hand says we need to be a more reliable ally to our friends and in the next breath he basically says we’re gonna rip up all those burden-sharing agreements that we’ve had over the decades with them and make them go their own way if they don’t pay for everything,” Gates said. “He says some things that it’s hard to disagree with. The allies ought to be doing more. But how do you get them there when you’re dealing with 28 sovereign countries and, you know, nobody argued harder for them to do more than I did.”

Gates said that Trump does not listen, a problem that past presidents the former defense secretary worked with did not have.

“One of the things that worries me, Martha, is that he doesn’t listen to people. He believes that he has all the answers, that he’s the smartest man in the room. … I’ve worked for some very different presidents, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, one of the things they all had in common was a willingness to listen to people who had experience and then make their own independent judgments,” Gates said.”Now they’ve gone in different directions, but they never assumed that they had all the answers and that’s one of the things that troubles me.”


In something like 400 words, Sec Def Gates has described one of the most disturbing things about Donald Trump as president. His out-sized ego and narcissistic tendencies prevent him from believing that anyone else is as smart as he and therefore, he doesn’t think that he needs anyone else’s opinion. Anyone knowledgeable about his business career knows that the only thing that he’s ever been truly successful at is selling the rights to the Trump name. His many failures are there for all to see. He is not infallible, as he apparently thinks. He has made numerous mistakes and has always had family or the bankruptcy laws to bail him out. Who bails out the United States when he makes a monumental mistake that irreparably damages the country? The stakes are much higher when he’s making decisions as president than they were when he was The Donald, reality superstar.

He simply does not have the temperament nor the judgement to be our president.




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4 replies

  1. First, I found it astounding that Gates said O had the willingness to listen to others, but then I remembered that listening and applying are two different things.

    Second, I hate the thought of a President Trump making a knee-jerk comment that upsets the delicate balance with China, who if not handled with kid gloves could call in our markers and own this country, or at least the parts that Harry Reid hasn’t already given them.


    • As bad as Obama was/is, I think that his egotism and narcissism is penny-ante compared to Donald Trump. Donald was a spoiled little rich kid growing up and, with his dad’s help, became a player in New York real estate. Regardless of how he got there, he is a billionaire now and that has turbo-charged his estimation of himself. He “don need no stinkin’ help.” He’s THE DONALD (all bow or genuflect here) and he KNOWS how to do the BEST deals. I suspect that he’ll get negotiated out of his shorts by some of the real players in the international government. He WILL make mistakes, and he WILL blame them on others. Mark my words, Donald Trump (if he becomes president) will cause great damage to our United States.


    • Unfortunately, Trump will see the “perfect storm” of political winds that raised him to the top of the heap as being due to his massive intellect. It’s not. His IQ is probably at best only 75% of Ted Cruz’s, but you’ll never convince Trump of that. He’s so full of himself that he’s overflowing.

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