Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal said Sunday that he believes President TrumpDonald TrumpUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Trump sues NYT, Mary Trump over story on tax history McConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling MORE is "immoral," and that he would not join the administration if asked.
"It’s important for me to work for people who I think are basically honest, who tell the truth as best they know it," McChrystal said on ABC's "This Week."
"I don’t think he tells the truth," he added.
McChrystal, who resigned as the nation’s top military commander in Afghanistan in 2010 after critical remarks he made about Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Schumer moves to break GOP blockade on Biden's State picks GOP Rep. Cawthorn likens vaccine mandates to 'modern-day segregation' MORE and other civilian leaders were published in Rolling Stone, said he believes each American has to make their own judgment about whether to support Trump.
"What I would ask every American to do is stand in front of that mirror and say, 'what are we about?' " McChrystal said. "Am I really willing to throw away or ignore some of the things that people do that are pretty unacceptable normally just because they accomplish certain other things that we might like."
NEW: Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal says if asked, he wouldn't join the Trump administration because "it's important for me to work for people" who are "basically honest."@MarthaRaddatz: "Is Trump immoral in your view?"— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) December 30, 2018
McChrystal: "I think he is." https://t.co/WDKmB6eACk pic.twitter.com/9lmWDFcd6L
McChrystal has been critical of Trump's policies during his time in the White House. He questioned Trump's decision to send troops to the southern border and has expressed concern over the president's repeated criticism of former military leaders.
Trump is in search of a new full-time leader of the Department of Defense after Secretary James MattisJames Norman Mattis20 years after 9/11, we've logged successes but the fight continues Defense & National Security — The mental scars of Afghanistan House panel advances 8B defense bill MORE resigned earlier this month. Mattis intended to remain on through February, but Trump later forced Mattis to leave at the start of 2019.
Trump said Mattis’s deputy, Patrick ShanahanPatrick Michael ShanahanSenators introducing bill to penalize Pentagon for failed audits Overnight Defense: National Guard boosts DC presence ahead of inauguration | Lawmakers demand probes into troops' role in Capitol riot | Financial disclosures released for Biden Pentagon nominee Biden Pentagon pick could make up to .7M from leaving Raytheon MORE, will serve as acting Pentagon chief.