Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates appeared on Morning Joe this week to promote his new book A Passion for Leadership: Lessons on Change and Reform from Fifty Years of Public Service. During the appearance, however, he took the opportunity to slam Obama as well as the inner circle he has built within his administration.
According to American News, it all started when host Joe Scarborough asked Gates to address claims that Obama thinks of himself as “the smartest guy on the room.” Gates did not hold back with his response.
“You know, the president is quoted as having said at one point to his staff, ‘I can do every one of your jobs better than you can,’” Gates commented.
“Oh my god,” Scarborough exclaimed.
Gates went on to attack Obama because “he has centralized power and operational activities of the government in the White House to a degree that [he] think(s) is unparalleled. An NSC (National Security Council) staff of 450 people at this point.”
“One of the greatest weaknesses of the White House is implementation of strategy,” Gates concluded. “Is difficulty in developing strategy and then implementing that strategy.”
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