Former CIA Director Michael Morell didn’t pull any punches regarding his feelings about GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump in a recent New York Times op-ed. The article was published today, and in it, Morell calls out Donald Trump for his many and varied perceived weaknesses.
The former CIA Director has been famously non-partisan throughout his decades-long career of service of the United States, and in his op-ed confirms to the world that he is neither a Democrat nor a Republican. However, according to Morell, for the first time he is speaking out regarding his presidential preference.
And he’s doing so well ahead of the November election. According to Morell, he will be voting for Hillary Clinton. On top of that, he will be doing “everything [he] can to ensure that she is elected.” The reason? Morell says it’s two-fold. First, Hillary Clinton is qualified to be POTUS. Secondly, Donald Trump is not only not qualified, Donald Trump could pose a threat to national security.
The former CIA Director calls Donald Trump’s character dangerous, claiming that it is “already damaging” U.S. national security at this early date of the election cycle. He then goes on to describe how he opines that Donald Trump has become an unwitting tool of Russian President Vladimir Putin. According to Morell, Trump is playing right into Putin’s hands and machinations.
In his op-ed, Michael Morell spoke of the vulnerable nature of Donald Trump’s character and how he believes that Putin manipulated the GOP nominee by complimenting him and stoking his narcissism.
“Putin of Russia was a career intelligence officer, trained to identify vulnerabilities in an individual and to exploit them. That is exactly what he did early in the primaries. Mr. Putin played upon Mr. Trump’s vulnerabilities by complimenting him. He responded just as Mr. Putin had calculated.”
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The former CIA Director goes on to describe how Donald Trump’s ability to be manipulated by President Putin has made him a tool of the Russian leader.
“In the intelligence business, we would say that Mr. Putin had recruited Mr. Trump as an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation.”
In the opinion of Morell, Donald Trump is already compromising U.S. national security, and he’s doing so by way of his unwavering vehemence against Muslims in general and potential Muslim immigrants in particular. According to his Times op-ed, Morell believes that Donald Trump has “played into the hands” of jihadists with his divisive speeches and political platforms.
The former CIA Director’s harsh words against Donald Trump come at one of the lowest points in Trump’s unlikely presidential campaign. As CNN reports, Donald Trump is currently lagging well behind Hillary Clinton in the polls, with some recent queries indicating that the former reality TV star is trailing Clinton by as many as 15 points.
According to the McClatchy-Marist survey, Donald Trump is currently only raking in 33 percent of the potential vote to Hillary Clinton’s 48 percent. Last month, the same poll indicated that Clinton was only 3 points ahead of Donald Trump.
The former CIA Director’s scathing op-ed of Donald Trump comes amid a week of personal and political scandals. The GOP nominee is currently in the midst of a political feud with Paul Ryan, his own party’s Speaker of the House. He also publicly condemned the family of a fallen Muslim U.S. Marine and kicked a crying baby (and it’s mother) out of a Virginia rally.
In addition, Donald Trump’s wife Melania was publicly shamed when nude pictures taken during her former modeling career were published by the New York Post; she has also been accused of skirting U.S. immigration laws and even of fudging her educational accomplishments.
What do you think of Former CIA Director Michael Morell’s op-ed about Donald Trump? Do you believe the timing was deliberate? Do you think that Donald Trump’s current downward political spiral is a sign of things to come?
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