O'Rourke: Trump 'made a mess of our foreign policy'

O'Rourke: Trump 'made a mess of our foreign policy'
© Greg Nash

Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeButtigieg pushes back on O'Rourke threat to strip religious institutions of tax-exempt status O'Rourke raises .5 million in third quarter Conservatives slam Beto O'Rourke over threat to tax-exempt status for religious organizations MORE said in an interview that aired Sunday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpWHCA calls on Trump to denounce video depicting him shooting media outlets Video of fake Trump shooting members of media shown at his Miami resort: report Trump hits Fox News's Chris Wallace over Ukraine coverage MORE has "made a mess of our foreign policy."

The former Texas congressman said while appearing on CNN's "State of the Union" that Trump's own actions have lessened trust of him in the intelligence community, which has made the U.S. less safe. 

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“He’s invited the help of foreign powers, he sided with [Russian President] Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinPutin: Trump not to blame for lack of improved relations with Russia The Trump doctrine: Principled realism or endemic confusion? Five ways Trump's Syria decision spells trouble MORE on that stage in Helsinki, Finland, instead of our own intelligence community, so it’s no wonder that there is a lack of trust between military leaders, our intelligence community and the president of the United States,” O'Rourke said. 

“This dynamic imperils the United States. It makes us less safe than we would otherwise be as his national security adviser and his cabinet push us into what perhaps will be another war with Iran," he added. 

He further said that Trump “has made a mess of our foreign policy and has significantly diminished the national security of this country.”

His comments follow a New York Times report Saturday in which two administration officials said that that they did not think Trump was briefed in detail about efforts to ramp up digital attacks on a Russian power grid.

Trump denied the report in a pair of tweets on Saturday. 

O'Rourke is among two dozen people vying for the Democratic Party's 2020 Presidential nomination.