Former White House adviser H.R. McMaster says he would prefer President Donald Trump would take credit in the event of an election loss.
In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, McMaster said Trump should consider the results of the election a matter for the next president.
“He’s the president, he’s the commander in chief, he should look at it in a manner that’s consistent with the values of the country and that’s what I think he should do,” McMaster said.
The comments were made on Monday when Tapper pressed McMaster on whether Trump should take credit.
“The President should not,” McMaster responded.
“The election is over, so you’re right.
The election is not over.
That’s the last election.
He should look in a way that’s the way the country voted and what it wanted and what the country needs.
He shouldn’t be trying to capitalize on a situation that’s over.”
The President’s approval rating has been hovering around 40 percent, according to the Gallup polling firm.
Trump has yet to make an official announcement about his candidacy, but a number of prominent Republicans have said he should drop out.
Tapper pressed the former general on whether he believes Trump is sincere about the idea of a third-party run.
“I think he’s very sincere,” McMaster replied.
“If you ask him, I don’t think he’d want to have a third party run.”
Trump has been under fire for not endorsing a third candidate in the 2016 election.
The President is not a Democrat, but he is leaning towards leaning toward supporting Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
Trump’s recent comments on Twitter have suggested he’s not willing to be part of the third party.
“If the Democrats run again in 2020, and I’m not running, I will never vote for them,” Trump said in January of 2020.