James Woolsey, who served for two years as director of the CIA under former President Bill Clinton, has become an adviser to Donald Trump, the campaign announced on Monday.
Woolsey, who was a vocal supporter of the Iraq War, said that he support’s Trump’s call to “reinvest in and modernize our military in order to confront the challenges of the 21st century.”
“Mr. Trump’s commitment to reversing the harmful defense budget cuts signed into law by the current administration, while acknowledging the need for debt reduction, is an essential step toward reinstating the United States’ primacy in the conventional and digital battlespace,” Woolsey said in a statement sent out by the Trump campaign.
Woolsey said that Hillary Clinton “demonstrated a complete lack of understanding and an inability to lead” the state department.
“Based on the emails thus far released we know that Secretary Clinton also lacks the ability to lead her senior managers while complying with and maintaining the basic protocols designed to protect our government’s sensitive and classified information,” he said in the statement. “Mr. Trump understands the magnitude of the threats we face and is holding his cards close to the vest. Bravo Zulu, Mr. Trump.”
Woolsey also served as an adviser to Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) during his 2008 presidential bid.