Former US President George W. Bush’s top adviser Paul Wolfowitz says he is considering voting for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, blasting her Republican rival Donald Trump as “unacceptable.”
Wolfowitz, a Republican, told the German publication Der Spiegel on Friday that Trump’s “dangerous” behavior had forced him to make such a decision.
“He (Trump) says he admires [Russian President Vladimir] Putin, that [former Iraqi dictator] Saddam Hussein was killing terrorists, that the Chinese were impressive because they were tough on Tiananmen Square. That is pretty disturbing,” Wolfowitz said of the New York businessman.
“I wish there were somebody I could be comfortable voting for,” he continued. “I might have to vote for Hillary Clinton, even though I have big reservations about her.”
Wolfowitz, the deputy secretary of defense between 2001 and 2005, repeatedly voiced concerns about Trump’s behavior, saying that the real estate mogul’s presidency would basically be a continuation of President Barack Obama’s administration.
He called Trump “Obama squared” and said Obama’s “step back” foreign policy would be exaggerated in case the billionaire made it to the White House.
“The only way you can be comfortable about Trump’s foreign policy is to think he doesn’t really mean anything he says. That’s a pretty uncomfortable place to be in,” Wolfowitz said, specifically criticizing Trump for his stance on what he called “the Russian aggression.”
Trump has repeatedly criticized Washington’s NATO members for not paying their “fair share,” saying he will only help those who have “fulfilled their obligations to us” against Russia.
The former reality TV star has also repeatedly criticized the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, unlike Clinton who voted in support of the war when she was a senator.
Wolfowitz, who once headed the World Bank, denied the common belief that he was a key architect of the Iraq War, saying many things would have gone differently if he was truly the planner of the war and the subsequent occupation of the Arab country.
“Of course we would have proceeded differently if we had known that Saddam Hussein was not stockpiling weapons of mass destruction, but was only planning to do so,” he said. “We would not have invaded.”