Election 2020: Former CIA Director Michael Hayden backs Biden, warning Trump’s re-election would be “very bad” for America


“I watched him very closely and now I’m scared. I don’t think the chairman is doing it right at all. I am very sad about this. I don’t think he can do another term. It would be very, very bad for America, ”Hayden, who served the three previous administrations, told CNN’s Jim Sciutto on Wednesday.

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“In intelligence, things are difficult. Sometimes we are right and sometimes we are wrong. But we are doing things to address it. But Trump doesn’t do that. For example, by talking to Russians, he does not. don’t do what presidents should do.

The retired four-star U.S. Air Force general, who is a CNN national security analyst, argued that a second term for Trump would be detrimental to the U.S. intelligence community and hurt U.S. alliances across the country. world.

“If it’s a second term, I think we’ll be alone. We won’t have any friends at all, ”he warns.

Hayden – who has largely stayed out of the public since his stroke in 2018 and is fighting aphasia accordingly – was featured in a video released Tuesday night by Republican voters against Trump, endorsing Biden and condemning Trump.

“If there is another term for President Trump, I don’t know what happens to America,” he said in the video. “President Trump doesn’t care about the facts. President Trump doesn’t care about the truth. ”

Hayden specifically addressed the issue of white nationalism and argued that Trump “is not protecting the country.”

“I totally disagree with some of Biden’s policies, but that’s not important. What is important is the United States, ”he said. “Biden is a good man, Donald Trump is not. ”

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Hayden was head of the NSA under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush from 1999 to 2005. He was director of the CIA from 2006 to 2009 under Bush and briefly for Barack Obama.

Hayden was among more than 70 former national security officials from several Republican administrations who endorsed Biden on the day he formally accepted the Democratic nomination.

He also spoke out against Trump in the 2016 presidential election and criticized Trump throughout his presidency.

CNN’s Alex Marquardt contributed to this report.


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