Elections

Former Top Bush Official To Back Clinton Over Trump

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Alex Pfeiffer White House Correspondent

Richard Armitage, who served as deputy secretary of state under former President George W. Bush, has said that he will support Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump.

“If Donald Trump is the nominee, I would vote for Hillary Clinton,” Armitage told Politico. “He doesn’t appear to be to be a Republican, he doesn’t appear to want to learn about issues. So I’m going to vote for Mrs. Clinton.”

Armitage, a retired Naval officer, is also a former assistant secretary of defense under President Ronald Reagan.

Clinton aides told Politico that they believe Armitage is the highest ranking Republican national security official to back the presumptive Democratic nominee. The Clinton campaign has been touting Republican backers for some time now. (RELATED: Hillary Continues To Campaign With The Words Of Her ‘Enemy’)

Other former foreign policy officials in the Bush administration that have endorsed Trump include Elliot Abrams and Eliot Cohen.

Trump has previously called the war in Iraq “a big, fat mistake.”

“They lied,” Trump said in a February debate. “They said there were weapons of mass destruction. There were none, and they knew there were none.”