Former Defense Secretary William Cohen on Tuesday slammed President Donald Trump’s administration for acting like a “dictatorship” as the president refuses to acknowledge defeat in the 2020 election.
“We’re witnessing the decimation of the democratic institutions which the American people have come to expect will be nonpolitical in terms of our national security,” Cohen told Don Lemon of CNN.
Lemon asked Cohen, a GOP former senator for Maine who led the Pentagon during Bill Clinton’s presidency, to comment on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s denial to recognize Joe Biden as President Elect.
“There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration,” Pompeo told reporters Tuesday. Trump has refused to concede the election, promoted baseless conspiracy theories about mass voter fraud and is purging Department of Defense of his critics.
Donald Trump praised Pompeo on Twitter:
That’s why Mike was number one in his class at West Point! https://t.co/hldYAphqmM
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 11, 2020
“My reaction is the way they are conducting themselves is more akin to a dictatorship than a democracy,” Cohen told Lemon.
“And I think the State Department has been politicized just like the DOD has tried to be politicized, and what we’ve done to undermine the intelligence community and other agencies,” he added. “I think it’s consistent with what has been taking place for four years now.”
Here is the interview with Don Lemon.
"We're witnessing the decimation of the democratic institutions which the American people have come to expect will be non-political in terms of our national security," says former US Defense Secretary William Cohen about Pres. Trump's ousting of Pentagon officials pic.twitter.com/Px327ezdZb
— CNN Tonight (@CNNTonight) November 11, 2020