The left is trying to destroy Trump.
In an appearance on CNBC‘s “Morning Joe,” former Secretary of State Mark Esper reveals he wouldn’t vote for former President Donald Trump in 2024, noting that the GOP needs a “new generation of Republican leaders.”
Esper, who is on a press tour detailing revelations made in his book “A Sacred Oath: Memoirs of a Secretary of Defense During Extraordinary Times,” was asked during his interview if he would vote for Trump if he sought re-election in 2024. Esper responded, “No, and I’ll tell you why. Because in my view, any elected leader needs to meet some basic criteria: they need to be able to put country over self, they need to have a certain amount of integrity and principle, they need to be able to reach across the aisle and bring people together and unite the country.”
He added that, in his view, Trump didn’t meet those standards.
The former Secretary of State also emphasized the need for “a new generation of Republican leaders who will advance those core items for any Republican.” Some of the core values included “stronger military, lower taxes, deregulation, [and] conservative judges.”
Esper also emphasized that the greatest threat to the U.S. is “extreme partisanship on both sides of the aisle,” which he blamed for “dysfunction in Washington, D.C., and not allowing us to address these major issues — whether it’s China or the budget, you name it, we have to solve this problem and we need a leader that can do that.”