Ex-Bush adviser Wolfowitz “might vote for Clinton”

Paul Wolfowitz, an adviser to former US Republican president George W Bush, has admitted he might vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton in November’s presidential election and described Donald Trump as a security risk.

In an interview with the German weekly magazine Der Spiegel published on Friday, the former World Bank president said, “I wish there were somebody I could be comfortable voting for.

“I might have to vote for Hillary Clinton, even though I have big reservations about her.”

The 72-year-old neoconservative, who was deputy secretary of defence under Bush and became known as the “Architect of the Iraq War”, said Republican presidential candidate Trump had made some “pretty disturbing” comments on foreign policy.

“He says he admires (Russian President Vladimir) Putin, that (former Iraqi president) Saddam Hussein was killing terrorists, that the Chinese were impressive because they were tough on Tiananmen Square.

“Our security depends on having good relationships with our allies. Trump mainly shows contempt for them,” Wolfowitz said.

He also said Trump’s apparent lack of concern for Russia’s actions in Ukraine was “dangerous.”

Wolfowitz joins a string of prominent Republicans who say they will not, or are reluctant, to vote for Trump.

Earlier this month, 50 high-ranking Republican national security experts wrote an open letter vowing not to vote for him, saying he displayed “alarming ignorance” about international politics and would be “the most reckless president in American history.”

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