Jeh Johnson, the former Secretary of Homeland Security under President Barack Obama, appeared on an MSNBC panel and was asked, "What do you make of this administration, watching it from the outside?" The host went further and encouraged him to share all of his thoughts, since he'd be "speaking candidly as someone who is no longer in government."
The door was wide open for this Obama-era Secretary to criticize the new President, so imagine the surprise of the panel when he said, "I actually believe Donald Trump has the potential to be a great president, in sort of the Nixon-goes-to-China way, or Reagan-goes-to-the-Soviet-Union way."
But the MSNBC panel just couldn't believe their ears. After Johnson had a two minute, impassioned explanation of his concerns over the new administration, how to fight violent extremism, and what the focus of homeland should be, another host asked one more time.
"Quickly, before I let you go, Mr. Secretary, are you still hopeful that Donald Trump can be a great President, two months in?"
It was almost as if they thought they may have misheard him, or perhaps he'd changed his own mind from his statement issued a mere 120 seconds ago.
"Two months is not a very long time," he responded, refusing once again to take the bait. "I hope there is considerable, on-the-job learning. Every President grows in office, every President makes mistakes, every President learns lessons in office. For the success and sake of the country, I think we have to hope this President can do the thing necessary to fix a lot of problems."
Watch it below: