News | In endorsing Clinton, ex CIA chief says Putin made Trump his ‘unwitting agent’ | Audio
ormer CIA director Michael Morell endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and blasted GOP rival Donald Trump, accusing him of becoming an unwitting agent of Russian President Vladimir Putin in an op-ed on Friday.
Morell wrote that while he is neither a registered Democrat nor a Republican and has never made his preference for president public, he chose to publicly declare his support for Clinton in this election.
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“First, Mrs. Clinton is highly qualified to be commander in chief. I trust she will deliver on the most important duty of a president — keeping our nation safe,” Morell wrote in the op-ed published in the New York Times. “Second, Donald J. Trump is not only unqualified for the job, but he may well pose a threat to our national security.”
Morell served as deputy director of the CIA and acting director of the CIA under President Obama. He served as a senior officer at the agency during the George W. Bush administration.
Morell detailed his experience working with Clinton when she served as secretary of state. He credited her with being an early advocate of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden and described her as “prepared, detail-oriented, thoughtful, inquisitive and willing to change her mind if presented with a compelling argument.”
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“I never saw her bring politics into the Situation Room,” Morell wrote. “In fact, I saw the opposite. When some wanted to delay the Bin Laden raid by one day because the White House Correspondents Dinner might be disrupted, she said, “Screw the White House Correspondents Dinner.”