During an interview on ABC on Sunday, Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal slammed President Donald Trump, saying that Trump is “immoral,” and that he would not join the administration if asked.
“It’s important for me to work for people who I think are basically honest, who tell the truth as best they know it,” McChrystal said on ABC’s “This Week.”
“I don’t think he tells the truth,” he added.
McChrystal, a Republican, said he believes each American has to make their own judgment about whether to support Trump.
“What I would ask every American to do is stand in front of that mirror and say, ‘what are we about?'” McChrystal said. “Am I really willing to throw away or ignore some of the things that people do that are pretty unacceptable normally just because they accomplish certain other things that we might like.”
McChrystal has been critical of Trump’s policies during his time in the White House. He questioned Trump’s decision to send troops to the southern border, and has expressed concern over the president’s repeated criticism of former military leaders.
Trump is in search of a new full-time leader of the Department of Defense after Secretary James Mattis resigned earlier this month. Mattis intended to remain on through February, but Trump later forced Mattis to leave at the start of 2019.
Watch McChrystal’s interview below, via ABC:
NEW: Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal says if asked, he wouldn't join the Trump administration because "it's important for me to work for people" who are "basically honest."@MarthaRaddatz: "Is Trump immoral in your view?"
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) December 30, 2018