Eliot A. Cohen is a former state department official under the George W. Bush administration and current Professor of Strategic Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He’s also a long-standing critic of President-elect Donald Trump.
Back in August, Cohen was one of 50 Republican national security officials to write a letter opposing Trump’s candidacy. From The New York Times:
“The letter says Mr. Trump would weaken the United States’ moral authority and questions his knowledge of and belief in the Constitution. It says he has ‘demonstrated repeatedly that he has little understanding’ of the nation’s ‘vital national interests, its complex diplomatic challenges, its indispensable alliances and the democratic values’ on which American policy should be based. And it laments that ‘Mr. Trump has shown no interest in educating himself.'”
After the election, Cohen decided to make the best out of a bad situation and offer his assistance to Trump’s transition team regarding national security appointments. However, the former official quickly came to realize that he had made a mistake.
After meeting with Trump’s transition team Cohen sent out this tweet, warning anyone who is thinking about joining Trump’s trainwreck administration.
“After exchange w Trump transition team, changed my recommendation: stay away. They’re angry, arrogant, screaming ‘you LOST!’ Will be ugly,” said Cohen via Twitter.
After exchange w Trump transition team, changed my recommendation: stay away. They're angry, arrogant, screaming "you LOST!" Will be ugly.
— Eliot A Cohen (@EliotACohen) November 15, 2016
On Tuesday, Trump’s team lost Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) after only four days of being tasked to lead Trump’s national security appointments.
Eliot’s tweet seems to confirm tensions and dysfunction related to a power struggle between elements within Trump’s transition team, especially among his chief of staff Reince Priebus and senior adviser Steve Bannon.
At this point, Trump may have to call his buddy, UFC promoter Dana White, to see if he can book the octagon for his team so they can work out their differences.
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