Former British ambassador to the U.S. Peter Westmacott said President Trump’s leadership has “shades of 1933 Germany” following the president’s campaign-style rally in Phoenix, Arizona, in which he repeatedly attacked the media and his political opposition.
Westmacott, who served as ambassador from 2012 to 2016, took to Twitter to warn that his speech was “an invitation to autocrats w/o America’s checks & balances to play the same game more dangerously. Leadership???”
Shades of 1933 Germany. And an invitation to autocrats w/o America's checks & balances to play the same game more dangerously. Leadership?? https://t.co/AUkVEHmbiA
— Peter Westmacott (@PeterWestmacott) August 23, 2017
His tweet came in response to a report from NBC’s Andrea Mitchell that former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper is “scared and worried about the President’s fitness to serve” after his demagogic performance in Phoenix.
Clapper said during a CNN interview that he couldn’t remember “when I’ve listened and watched something like this from a president that I found more disturbing.”
“Having some understanding of the levers that a president can exercise, I worry about, frankly, the access to the nuclear codes,” Clapper told CNN.
If “in a fit of pique he decides to do something about Kim Jong-un, there’s actually very little to stop him. The whole system is built to ensure rapid response if necessary. So there’s very little in the way of controls over exercising a nuclear option, which is pretty damn scary.”