Former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu on Monday called Republican front-runner Donald Trump a phony flip-flopper willing to suck up to Putin for a small bit of praise.
Trump had previously mocked Sununu at a rally in New Hampshire, saying he was fired "like a dog" as chief of staff by President George H.W. Bush.
"That's funny coming from a guy who's got four major billion-dollar bankruptcies. He screwed his stock holders. The bankers put him into bankruptcy. They said, 'Donald Trump, you're fired. You're fired like a beggar,'" Sununu said on NewsMaxTV's Steve Malzberg Show. "To use his words, they fired him like a dog. And he downplays these, but these are four major billion-dollar, multi-billion dollar bankruptcies."
"The guy has no substance, he has no plan, he's all mouth," continued Sununu. "He's thin-skinned. Putin proved that — Trump likes to brag that he can't be bought he's so rich — Putin proved that he's the cheapest buy in politics today, with 10 cents of flattery, Putin had him sucking up all the way. This is a guy that you can't put in as commander-in-chief."
The former governor also attacked Trump's record.
"All his life he's been a lefty liberal," he said. "He supports Obamacare. He's all for eminent domain. He has told us he's very pro-life. Even on immigration this guy has been lifelong liberal on immigration and now he's a conservative all of a sudden. He criticized Mitt Romney for being tough on immigration and said that Mitt Romney going to lose the Latino vote because he was so tough on immigration. This guy is a phony and I hope the voters will begin to see that. "
Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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