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Former US ambassador to EU: Trump reminds me of Mussolini

Former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Anthony Gardner said in an interview Monday that President TrumpDonald TrumpDC goes to the dogs — Major and Champ, that is Biden on refugee cap: 'We couldn't do two things at once' Taylor Greene defends 'America First' effort, pushes back on critics MORE reminds him of former Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.

Gardner told Jack Blanchard, the editor of Politico’s London Playbook, that he is “troubled” by Trump’s “language” and “playbook.”

"For a couple of years, I was troubled by many things that Donald Trump shares with Benito Mussolini, someone my Italian grandparents fled from in 1938," Gardner said in the interview.

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Gardner, who served as ambassador under former President Obama, also commented on Trump’s reaction to the protests over police brutality and treatment of minority populations following George Floyd’s death after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck during an arrest as Floyd told him he could not breathe.

"It's very disappointing, very dispiriting to have a president of the U.S. who is openly fomenting and inciting racial divisions in order to energize part of his base,” he said. 

The former ambassador said he is “glad” officials like former Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisBiden's is not a leaky ship of state — not yet Rejoining the Iran nuclear deal would save lives of US troops, diplomats The soft but unmatched power of US foreign exchange programs MORE and former White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE spoke out against Trump amid the protests. But he added that he doesn’t “welcome those statements in the sense that those people served this president."

"To me, quite bluntly, they are accomplices,” he said. 

“So while I am glad they are saying what they are saying, it comes too late," he added later.

Gardner said he is backing Joe BidenJoe BidenSuspect in FedEx shooting used two assault rifles he bought legally: police US, China say they are 'committed' to cooperating on climate change DC goes to the dogs — Major and Champ, that is MORE’s presidential campaign, although he acknowledged that young voters aren’t excited about the presumptive Democratic nominee. But he said Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWorld passes 3 million coronavirus deaths Sirota: Biden has not fulfilled campaign promise of combating union-busting tactics Democratic senators call on Biden to support waiving vaccine patents MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWorld passes 3 million coronavirus deaths Poll: 56 percent say wealth tax is part of solution to inequality Democratic senators call on Biden to support waiving vaccine patents MORE (D-Mass.) were “unelectable” in the U.S.

"I am convinced he's the right person," Gardner said, referring to Biden. "I am going to do everything I can to make sure we get a change in November."