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Robert Gates Praises Trump’s Disruptive Approach

Obama’s Secretary of Defense said that disruption was needed to fix problems with the federal bureaucracy and foreign policy.

Secretary of Defense under presidents Obama and Bush, Robert Gates, praised President Trump for his “disruptive approach” to governing in an interview on Face the Nation on Sunday.

“In government, I’m a strong believer in the need for reform of government agencies and departments,” Gates said. “They have gotten fat and sloppy. They’re not user-friendly. They are inefficient. They cost too much.”

Gates added that Trump’s different approach to foreign policy was also needed.

“We’ve had three administrations follow a pretty consistent policy toward North Korea, and it really hasn’t gotten us anywhere,” he said. “The notion of disrupting and putting the Chinese on notice that it’s no longer business as usual for the United States, I think, is a good thing.”

Inside Gates’ commentary on North Korean policy laid a hint of dissatisfaction with the policy of the Obama administration.

Gates, however, warned that a “disruptive approach” runs the risk of doing more harm than good.