Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has been desperate to get support publicly from highly regarded individuals in the foreign policy community, and thus far he has come up with almost nothing. It was one of the Trump campaign’s highest hopes to obtain the endorsement of Henry Kissinger. Kissinger was essentially the architect for the Vietnam war, and according to numerous accounts he committed various war crimes and should be sitting in a prison cell for violating international law — but who is paying attention to these little nuances? Surely not the American public. Besides, as it happens, Mr. Kissinger and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton are good friends whose families happen to vacation with one another regularly.
Despite the friendship between Kissinger and Clinton, and despite Trump’s lowly begging for an endorsement, Kissinger announced he would be supporting neither candidate publicly in the 2016 election.
In a public statement Kissinger was joined by George Shultz and said, “We are not making any endorsement in the current presidential election. We are dedicated to fostering a bipartisan foreign policy, and we will devote ourselves to this effort now and after the election.”
Kissinger’s refusal to endorse either candidate may be seen as positive for Trump, but in reality it is not. When Clinton brought up her friendship with Kissinger during the Democratic primary process her rival Sen. Bernie Sanders used the issue to embarrass her. While Kissinger may be respected as a foreign policy wonk, he still has left behind him a body count that is believed to be in the hundreds of thousands. No wonder Trump wanted his support!