The US Former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday ripped into President Donald Trump’s policies, saying the “status of American global leadership now is really nowhere.”
Hagel, speaking on CNN, made the comment in reference to Trump’s attitude toward historical US allies.
The former GOP senator from Nebraska who later served as Defense secretary during the Obama administration, said he thinks Trump “really doesn’t understand foreign policy.”
“I think the proof of that is certainly in whatever his so-called Syrian policy is,” he said. “Confusing at best, certainly chaotic. Dangerous, especially in a chaotic part of the world. When you make a decision like he did initially … the consequences of that decision are astounding, as he has found out the last two weeks.”
Hagel also cited what he characterized as the president’s hostility toward NATO and desire to be tough on trade.
“It’s a unilateralism in a multilateral world that is very, very dangerous,” Hagel said.