Here’s what former Trump Cabinet officials and aides have said about him and whether they support his reelection – The Boston Globe

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A person that has no idea what America stands for.” “The end of American democracy.” “Not fit to be president.”

That’s just a sampling of what one-time aides and allies of Donald Trump have said about him since he announced his third run for the presidency. As the 45th president takes another run at the White House, a long list of his associates have emerged as vocal critics, publicly condemning their former boss and characterizing the prospect of his reelection in dire terms.

With the country just months away from a rematch between Trump and President Biden, many former high-ranking officials — among them a vice president, a secretary of state, and a defense secretary — say Trump is not up to the job, and they won’t support him come November, underscoring a remarkable withdrawal of support from some of the highest-ranking officials of his former administration. Officials who were once among Trump’s closest partners and allies say he “poses the greatest threat to democracy,” and a second term would be “tumbling towards a dictatorship.”

John Bolton, Trump’s former national security advisor whom Trump ousted after months of disagreement, told the Globe in an interview that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee is “not fit to be president.” Bolton said he will cast a write-in vote for former vice president Dick Cheney in November.

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“Neither [Trump nor Biden] passed the minimal test of whether they’re competent to do the job,” Bolton said. “They’re both unqualified in different ways, and I’m just not going to vote for an unqualified person to be president.”

In a lengthy interview with Time magazine published last month, Trump said he would approach things differently if he were to win November’s election. After being asked why voters should trust him when so many of his former Cabinet officials refused to endorse him, Trump said he “let them quit.”

“I let them quit because I have a heart. I don’t want to embarrass anybody,” Trump told the magazine. “I don’t think I’ll do that again. From now on, I’ll fire.”

Some former members of the Trump administration still support him. They include his former chief of staff, Mark Meadows, former Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, former Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and former budget chief Russell Vought. Yet the number of former Trump officials who don’t support him vastly outnumbers those who do.

Here’s a look at which former Trump officials have broken with the former president.


Alyssa Vega can be reached at [email protected].

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