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"Career and his time in the White House the book call sign chaos interview by David Brooks New York times with one final question for we get your questions and on this book tour roughly five hundred journalists have asked you to dish on president trump yeah. and so far the batting averages zero for five hundred yeah I'm gonna try okay. it is I've heard the argument about why you you don't want to discuss the current president have you saved. military people should not discuss the sitting president just for civilian military relationships but you have no military experience of president trump you were civilian political appointee and so I'm not aware that political appointees and cabinet secretaries are that there's been much hesitancy about not talking about a a sitting president so isn't that the right person to serve. we're we're all form by our formative experiences where I come from first of all your ride for the brand I'm from out west and you ride for the brand in the brand of the US constitution US constitution says you know if a man of elected woman elected commander Keith there the commander in chief secondly if Republican or Democrat president calls you and says I want you to do something you don't set up on the wall of the castle wringing your hands you don't pull hammocks and download could I do it or not just go to work if you think you're ready to do the job roll up your sleeves go in and give it your best shot. now. when you leave an administration. over a policy difference. and you write that policy difference in a public letter and you lay it out. then. you you you said why you left that's all there is to it and it was over alliances it was over who's our adversaries and I was up front about it and I had a straightforward talk with the president he and I alone in the oval office we had a straightforward talk walking out of the office it was not an adversarial relationship that we had those people think I was doing things behind his back I was very open with the present what I would do and we'd have lunch most weeks for for both in town just the two of us remains secretary state there. and we we we were always brought right up front with each other. but when you leave office we've got a million troops right now and many of them are deployed at sea. they're fighting in Syria tonight in Afghanistan they don't need a former cabinet official coming out in distracting from what the secretary of state secretary of defense the predator saying to do right now. I just I don't believe that it's helpful the French call it by the way a dove wide to reserve a duty. of quiet for a while now I'm not against coming out and talking about strategy or policy disagreements and I did it with a the last several president you know I make clear what I think about how we did Iraq under a under President Bush. but I don't believe that police that milk people with a military background. come out and make political assessment of civilian leaders and let me be very clear George Washington at new Berg said you will not do what you're trying to do here and there's these were is offered with a legitimate gripe all the Newburgh mutiny for a reason and he went out he looked him right now is that you will not do it. general Bradley after World War two great army general said when a general retire should uniform he should retire his tongue when it comes to political matters when I was introduced here tonight when I walked out there and talk to some of you in the line many people called me general I may tell you I'm no longer general but in many people's minds I'm still in general. when the time comes that our military people start going out into the. if they want to run for office I'm all for one run for office sorry had a ring okay you've got to okay but you don't go out and take part in partisan politics and start seeing how many general you can line up on this person verses that person our military's most admired institution in terms of the confidence of the American people year in and year out on the pew polls for a reason or a political. and when we start getting into the pot the politics of it I think the bi partisan nature of the support I had eighty seven percent of the Republican Democrat vote representatives congressmen and senators vote for a record breaking budget last December before I left. eighty seven percent do you think that would have happened if we were politicizing the department of French senator Vandenberg Michigan late nineteen forties right wing Republican senator is challenged in his home district in his home state why are you working that terrible Democrat Truman president Truman and basically says the defense of our country is non partisan and the quote you'll hear often is politics and stops at the water's edge I stay with that tradition I I hear the other please press secretary Carter ash Carter good friend my predecessor under president Obama refused to engage in political discussions he would any would order the military officers sitting next to him on Capitol Hill not to answer a question that a congressman was asking. early political we have got to keep the military out of this none of us have any fear the military move into the political realm internet for date of way. but believe me most country nor are like I've gone on too long.."