Former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Michael Chertoff spoke with Politico on Monday where he said he’d “be guessing” whether President Donald Trump would properly allow security professionals to handle a crisis.
In a conservation for the “Off Message” podcast, Chertoff expressed his feelings about the president, and how he would handle a crisis.
“If you go for a period of time without a crisis, often when a crisis occurs, you’re a little rusty, and one of the things we learned was to do a constant process of exercising, even in the absence of a real event, because that’s how you retain your muscle memory when you’re responding to an emergency,” Chertoff, who served in the George W. Bush administration, told the news outlet.
“And frankly, it’s something that this administration ought to consider doing as well,” he added.
Chertoff went on to speak about Trump’s Twitter rampage and the way he handles criticism.
“In the more kind of deliberate moments, the approach is one that I think is a reasonable approach. And in some ways, you can even point out that having a somewhat disruptive effect on the settled order of things can be positive. Now, then there are times we get Twitter flurries that I don’t know that I would be, you know, likely to endorse,” Chertoff said.
Chertoff also expressed the things that troubles him about the president, including his attacks on the press and, speaking in part as a former judge himself, his attacks on judges who’ve ruled against him.
“A president owes it to the Constitution, even if he disagrees, to be respectful,” Chertoff said. “We don’t elect a president to be the king, we elect a president to play a role within a system.”
He also went on to offer a statement of optimism. “If I’m proved wrong, that would be great. If it turns out that my fears were misplaced, good,” he said.