Former CIA Director Michael Hayden lambasted President Trump for the attacks he directed at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, saying they make the president look “unstable, erratic and thin-skinned.”
“One of the arguments was that the president can’t show weakness, and that what Trudeau did required this robust response otherwise the president would appear to be weak as he flew to Singapore,” Hayden said on CNN’s “New Day.”
“Trudeau did not make President Trump look weak. President Trump made President Trump look unstable, erratic and thin-skinned,” added Hayden, who also served as director of the National Security Agency (NSA) under former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
Trump launched a series of attacks at Trudeau this weekend as he departed a meeting of the Group of Seven (G-7) industrialized nations in Canada.
Trump refused to sign a joint statement issued by G-7 attendees at the conclusion of the weekend’s summit and called Trudeau “dishonest and weak” after the Canadian leader stated during a news conference that Canada was prepared to impose retaliatory tariffs on the U.S.
Hayden said he reacted to the events of this weekend 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 I’ve ever seen that before, 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,” he added.
Asked if there was “any strategic value” to Trump’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday, Hayden responded, “Oh my god, no.”