Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has described President-elect Donald Trump as a ‘phenomenon’ with the potential to do ‘something remarkable’.
The 93-year-old Nobel laureate told CBS show Face The Nation that the Republican’s unconventional style could be an asset and an ‘extraordinary opportunity’ for the US.
‘Donald Trump is a phenomenon that foreign countries haven’t seen. So it is a shocking experience to them that he came into office, at the same time, extraordinary opportunity,’ Kissinger said.
‘And I believe he has the possibility of going down in history as a very considerable president,’ he added.
The former Secretary of State criticized Barack Obama for ‘basically withdrawing America from international politics’ as he explained how Trump will shake things up by ‘asking a lot of unfamiliar questions’.
‘Because of the combination of the partial vacuum and the new questions, one could imagine that something remarkable and new emerges out of it,’ Kissinger said. ‘I’m not saying it will. I’m saying it’s an extraordinary opportunity.’
On December 11, speaking at the newly-established Nobel Peace Prize Forum Oslo, Kissinger said Trump was a personality that has ‘no precedent in modern American history,’ but cautioned against judging him on his campaign rhetoric.
Kissinger said that before ‘postulating an inevitable crisis,’ the new administration should be given a chance to present its international policies, despite the ‘rhetorical elements … (and) challenging patterns’ presented during Trump’s campaign.
The elder statesman met with Trump in November. The pair are said to have discussed China, Russia, Iran and the EU during their meeting.
After the meeting, Kissinger told CNN: ‘This president-elect is the most unique that I have experienced in one respect. No baggage.’
Kissinger – who served under Republican Presidents Nixon and Ford – declined to endorse a 2016 presidential candidate.
He previously met Trump in May and told Time magazine that he disagreed with the billionaire’s foreign policy ideas.
‘On foreign policy, you identify many key problems,’ he said of Trump. ‘I do not generally agree with the solutions. One-shot outcomes are probably not possible.’
The countdown to Trump’s inauguration as the 45th President of the United States on January 20 is now on.
The 538 members of the Electoral College are gathering today to formally elect him.
GOP electors have been inundated with emails, phone calls and letters urging them to vote against Trump. And protests are planned across the country in state capitals where electors will meet.
SOURCE: Daily Mail