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Donald Rumsfeld on Obama: ‘A Trained Ape Could Do Better in Foreign Relations’

During a Fox New’s interview with Greta Van Sustern on Monday, former Secretary of State  Donald Rumsfeld, accused President Obama of performing worse ‘than a trained ape’ and bungling international relation efforts and progress made during the Bush administration.

Calling relations with Afghan President Hamid Karzai “first-rate” while George W. Bush was in office, the former Secretary of State said that under the current administration relationships with the once U.S. backed Karzai and other world leaders have gone “downhill like a toboggan.”

“Take for example that we have status of forces agreements probably with 100, 125 countries in the world,” the former secretary of defense under George W. Bush and Gerald Ford said, pointing to deals made during the Bush era. “This administration, the White House and the State Department, have failed to get a status of forces agreement.”

He added that the failure of Obama and his administration to put together this deals is a sign of the gross incompetence of the Obama presidency.

“A trained ape could get a status of forces agreement,” he ranted. “It does not take a genius.”

Turning his attention to the situation in Crimea, Rumsfeld also blamed Obama’s bungling for forcing Karzai into siding with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in the matter of the Russian invasion of Crimea, a move that puts Karzai at odds with the U.S. and much of the western world and according to Rumsfeld, is evidence of the U.S.’s inability to maintain ties with Afghanistan.

“I personally sympathize with him to some extent,” Rumsfeld said of the Afghan president. “Nobody likes to hear a foreign leader side with Putin on the Crimea the way he has. But I really think it’s understandable, given the terrible, terrible diplomacy that the United States has conducted with Afghanistan over the last several years.”

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