While President Trump is being criticized by members of his own party as well as his opposition, one man just caught people off guard with his assessment of the president.
Jeh Johnson, former Secretary of Homeland Security for the Obama administration, said in an interview Wednesday on MSNBC’s Morning Joe that he thought the president had the potential to become a “great” president.
‘I actually believe that Donald Trump — and I told him this when I met with him in December — I actually think Donald Trump has the potential to be a great president in a sort of ‘Nixon goes to China’ way, ‘Reagan goes to the Soviet Union’ way,” said Johnson.
Johnson laid out the steps he felt were necessary for Trump to reach the status of “great,” saying that first, he would need to “find a way to rein in some of the more unhealthy impulse.”
“I’m very concerned about the tweets,” Johnson said.
Next the president would have to “listen to his staff, bring on a full compliment of political appointees who will help him govern.”
Johnson said despite many controversial moments, it must be remembered that Trump has only been in office for a brief time.
“We have to remember that this two months may seem like two years, but, two months is not a very very long time, and I hope that there is considerable on the job learning,” Johnson said. “Every president grows in office. Every president makes mistakes, learns lessons in office.
While Democrats are focused on doing everything possible to stop the Trump administration, Johnson said the reality is there are things even critics must allow him the freedom to fix.
“For the success and the sake of the country, I think, we all have to hope that this president can do the things necessary to fix a lot of the problems we have,” he said.
Among the problems at the top of Johnson’s list is national security.
“I’m concerned that we are, when it comes to homeland security, fighting the last war,” Johnson said. “We may be responding to the terrorist attack of 10 years ago, as opposed to the next one.”
“Given where we are right now with the current threat environment, we need to focus on home-grown, home-born violent extremism,” he said.
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