Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates reportedly lambasted lawmakers’ handling of secret material during an interview over the weekend, while criticizing President Joe Biden’s handling of the Ukraine war.
Gates made the statements while addressing current political challenges with NBC News’ “Meet The Press” anchor Chuck Todd.
When asked what Biden should do differently in Ukraine, Gates stated that what the administration is doing now — deploying tanks and other important military gear to Ukraine — should have been done months ago.
“A lot of this could’ve been done sooner. And, you know, they’re talking about it potentially being six months, a year, or more before the Abrams tanks get there.” Gates said.
Gates went on to blast the Biden administration for the ongoing classified document scandal it has recently found itself in.
“Well, I think – I think it’s about people being more responsible. I think there’s an element of carelessness. In some cases there may be intent to take the documents. I think maybe we ought to look at the way transitions take place, so that there’s a more orderly process for these classified documents.” Gates continued.
Robert Gates served as the 22nd Secretary of Defense of the United States from 2006 to 2011 under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. He is known for his long and distinguished career in the US government, spanning over four decades.
Gates was known for his pragmatic approach to defense issues and his willingness to challenge the military establishment.
He was a strong advocate for reform within the Pentagon and worked to streamline the defense budget, reduce waste, and improve the efficiency of the military.
Since leaving the Defense Department, Gates continued to serve on various boards and committees and remains a respected voice in the defense community.
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