A top former George W. Bush administration official says he will likely end up voting for Hillary Clinton after calling Donald Trump a security risk.
In an interview with German newspaper Der Spiegal, Paul Wolfowitz, the deputy secretary of defense under Bush from 2001-2005, said yes when asked if he considers Trump to be a security risk.
When asked why, Wolfowitz, who was a driving force and top policy architect of the Iraq war, cited Trump's admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin and former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
"The only way you can be comfortable about Trump's foreign policy is to think he doesn't really mean anything he says. That's a pretty uncomfortable place to be in. Our security depends on having good relationships with our allies. Trump mainly shows contempt for them," Wolfowitz said, calling Trump's praise for the aforementioned leaders "pretty disturbing."
Wolfowitz's feelings of discomfort toward Trump and his foreign policies are enough to drive him to the Democratic presidential nominee — though not happily.
"I wish there were somebody I could be comfortable voting for," Wolfowitz said. "I might have to vote for Hillary Clinton, even though I have big reservations about her."
Wolfowitz joins a series of other former officials under Bush who have come out publicly for Clinton instead of Trump — including James Glassman, Bush's undersecretary of state for public diplomacy, as well as his Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage.
Wolfowitz's old boss, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, told the Washington Examiner this year that he would be voting for "the Republican," but stopped short of specifically saying he would support Trump.