Trump: Robert Gates 'probably has a problem that we don’t know about'
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Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants GOP rep: 'Sheet metal and garbage' everywhere in Haiti MORE carried his attacks on former Defense Secretary Robert Gates from Twitter to a rally in Colorado Springs, Colo., Saturday night, calling Gates a "nasty guy." 

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“We had a clown today, an absolute clown. Robert Gates — he’s supposed to be an expert; he’s been there forever," Trump said. 

"Never met the guy, never saw him. I saw him on television, didn’t like him. The end result is look where we are. He’s a mess, OK? He’s a mess, so he goes out and he says negative things about me. I never met him; I never talked to him. Believe me, I am so much better at what he’s doing than he is, you won’t even believe it."

Trump hit Gates for criticizing Presidents George W. Bush and Obama. 

"He’s a nasty guy. Probably has a problem that we don’t know about," he said.

Gates on Friday criticized both Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonIntel Dem decries White House 'gag order' after Bannon testimony 'Total free-for-all' as Bannon clashes with Intel members Mellman: On Political Authenticity (Part 2) MORE on military issues, writing in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that “neither candidate has seriously addressed how he or she thinks about the military or the use of force.”
 
Gates specifically ripped Trump for “naive and irresponsible” expressions of admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin and for a Middle East plan he called a “dangerous approach oblivious to the reality” of the region. Trump fired back on Twitter, calling Gates "dopey."
 
Trump said at the rally that Gates's leadership — he was in office from 2006 to 2011 — left the world worse off and cost trillions of dollars and many lives. 

"We're dealing with incompetent people. We're dealing with stupid people. We're dealing with people like Robert Gates that don’t have a clue, and then when they leave office, they criticize everybody," Trump said. "I don’t like critics. I don't like critics. I like the people that get it done and get it done right."