Donald Rumsfeld, who served as defense secretary under former President George W. Bush, said Wednesday he will vote for presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump in November.
“I’m a Republican, and there’s not any doubt in my mind how I’ll vote,” Rumsfeld said in an interview with DailyMail.com.
He said he agrees with Trump on issues such as reforming NATO and keeping Syrian refugees out of the U.S.
“He’s absolutely right,” he said. “Anyone who thinks the radical Islamists are not going to utilize every venue they can find to infiltrate the United States, and in western European countries, to achieve their goals — those people just don’t get it.”
And, Rumsfeld said, Trump’s likely general election rival Hillary Clinton is unqualified to be president.
“What she has done with classified information I think is inexcusable and puts at risk people’s lives [and] not just ours,” he said of the presumptive Democratic nominee.
Trump has previously blamed the Bush administration, of which Rumsfeld was a part of, for the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
“The World Trade Center came down during your brother’s reign. Remember that,” Trump said to then-primary rival Jeb Bush, the former president’s brother.
Meanwhile, Brent Scowcroft, who served as national security adviser under former President George H.W. Bush, endorsed Clinton for president Wednesday.
“She has spent her entire career in public service working to improve the lives of the American people, and helping the United States lead a more secure and peaceful world,” Scowcroft said.
And Richard Armitage, who served as the deputy secretary of State under George W. Bush, said last week he would also vote for Clinton, saying Trump “doesn’t appear to want to learn about the issues.”
But the Bush family has shied away from discussing Trump publicly since Jeb Bush dropped out of the GOP race in February. An aide said in May that George W. Bush didn’t “plan to participate in or comment on” the race.
George W. Bush has since signaled plans to aide vulnerable GOP incumbents who could be hurt by Trump. The New York Times reported last week Bush was bothered by many of Trump’s remarks, particularly about Muslims and immigrants.
Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush are not attending the GOP convention next month.