U.S. should be "ashamed" of Trump's attack on Canada

"Trudeau did not make President Trump look weak," Ex-CIA Head, Michael Hayden said

Published June 12, 2018 6:30AM (EDT)

Donald Trump;  Justin Trudeau   (AFP/Getty Images/Mandel Ngan)
Donald Trump; Justin Trudeau (AFP/Getty Images/Mandel Ngan)

This article originally appeared on AlterNet.

Retired General Michael Hayden on Monday slammed Donald Trump for his “unstable, erratic and thin-skinned” attack on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, arguing “President Trump made President Trump look weak” with his crusade against America’s closest ally.

Hayden said he met the Trump administration’s attack on Trudeau with “a mixture of sadness and frankly anger, because no country deserves to be treated that way.”

“Certainly having officials in one government criticize the head of government in another country, I don't think where have ever seen that before,” Hayden said. “And for God’s sake doing it against Canada after the prime minister issued a fairly mild statement about the Canadians just standing their ground. And then to have him attacked on the Sunday morning talk shows."

"It reminded me every inch of [former White House press secretary] Sean Spicer going out there a day or two after the Inauguration clearly at the direction of the president, saying things that were clearly not true but he did it for personal survival," he added. "I saw the same kind of atmosphere in yesterday's commentary.”

“One of the arguments was that the president can't show weakness and what Trudeau did required this robust response otherwise the president would appear to be weak,” Hayden said. “Actually, Trudeau did not make President Trump look weak. President Trump made President Trump look unstable, erratic and thin-skinned.”

Hayden noted U.S. and Canadian intelligence services “don't just cooperate."

"We are, by-and-large, integrated because we have common values and common legal systems and common strategic objectives," he said. Back to embarrassment — we, frankly, ought to feel a little bit ashamed for treating such a good friend the they they were treated yesterday from very high levels in our government.”

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