Kissinger: Trump has no baggage

Henry Kissinger says Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE is the “most unique” president-elect in his lifetime because the billionaire is not obligated to any particular group.


“This president-elect, it’s the most unique that I have experienced in one respect. He has absolutely no baggage,” Kissinger told CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS.” “He has no obligation to any particular group because he has become president on the basis of his own strategy.”

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Kissinger, who served as the secretary of State under President Richard Nixon, met with Trump last Thursday in New York to discuss foreign policy.

He said Trump should not be held to all of his campaign promises if he doesn’t insist on keeping them.

“One should not insist on nailing him into positions that he had taken in the campaign, of which he doesn’t insist,” Kissinger said in the interview, which aired Sunday. “If he insists on them, then of course then disagreements will become expressed.”

Kissinger and Trump previously met to discuss foreign policy and international affairs in May. 

“I think we should give him an opportunity to develop the positive objectives that he may have and to discuss those,” he said. “And we’ve gone through too many decades of tearing incumbent administrations apart. And it may happen again, but it shouldn’t begin that way.”