Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright says she is concerned about how President-elect Donald TrumpDonald Trump Martin Luther King's daughter: 'God can triumph over Trump' Trump: Monday will be day one of administration Trump's navy build-up comes with steep price tag MORE’s tweeting may affect foreign policy.
“I’m going to try to be polite,” she said Tuesday at the U.S. Institute of Peace conference in Washington, D.C., according to Politico.
“Let me just say that I am very concerned about the tweets and generally about the messages that are going out,” added Albright, who endorsed 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonLaura Ingraham mulling Senate run: report 19 companies that Trump has tweeted about Democrats wed themselves to abortion at their electoral peril MORE over Trump.
“I do think there has been a system in the world for a very long time for how governments communicate with one another, how presidents communicate with each other, [and] how those documents are developed,” she said.
“Are they a part of some of kind of a decision making process that does in fact reflect what the government thinks and the Congress thinks and what the American people thinks? And the tweets don’t deal with that.”
Albright additionally cautioned against Trump’s “America First” philosophy, noting the U.S. “needs to be engaged” with allies overseas.
“That is a message, I think, that we need to get out there, not as ‘America First,’ but as ‘America as a partner.' There is nothing wrong with partnerships.”
Outgoing Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryKerry: Trump comments on German chancellor ‘inappropriate’ Palestinian leader: Moving Israel embassy could jeopardize peace process UN leader willing to meet lawmakers amid push to cut funding MORE also criticized Trump’s tweeting during Tuesday’s conference.
“Every country in the world better ... start worrying about authoritarian populism and the absence of substance in our dialogue,” said Kerry, who also backed Clinton over Trump.
“If policies are going to be made in 140 characters on Twitter, and every reasonable measurement of accountability is being bypassed, and people don’t care about it, we have a problem.”
Trump has frequently used Twitter as a means of hammering opponents ranging from celebrities to foreign governors.
Critics say the social media platform’s 140-character limit, however, may oversimplify complicated policy issues.