Former US defense secretary Robert Gates issued a sharp critique of both presidential candidates in the Wall Street Journal, but blasted Donald Trump as being “unqualified and unfit to be commander-in-chief.” Gates – a Republican who was Pentagon chief under Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Barack Obama – has worked with eight presidents and is among the most widely respected US voices on national security matters.

“I believe Mr. Trump is beyond repair. He is stubbornly uninformed” and “temperamentally unsuited to lead our men and women in uniform,” Gates wrote in an op-ed piece posted late Friday on the Journal’s website. “He is unqualified and unfit to be commander-in-chief.” Gates worked closely with Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of state, and did not hold back on his criticism of her tenure. READ MORE