50 GOP na­tional se­cu­rity ex­perts op­pose Trump

‘Don­ald Trump is not the an­swer to Amer­ica’s daunt­ing chal­lenges and to this cru­cial elec­tion’

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Fifty prom­i­nent Repub­li­can for­eign policy and na­tional se­cu­rity ex­perts -- many veter­ans of Ge­orge W. Bush’s ad­min­is­tra­tion -- have signed a let­ter de­nounc­ing Don­ald Trump’s pres­i­den­tial can­di­dacy and pledg­ing not to vote for him.

The let­ter, first re­ported by The New York Times on Mon­day, warns: “We are con­vinced that in the Oval Of­fice, he would be the most reck­less Pres­i­dent in Amer­i­can his­tory.”

Its sig­na­to­ries in­clude for­mer CIA and Na­tional Se­cu­rity Agency Di­rec­tor Michael Hay­den, for­mer Di­rec­tor of Na­tional In­tel­li­gence and Deputy Sec­re­tary of State John Ne­gro­ponte and Eric Edel­man, who was Vice Pres­i­dent Dick Cheney’s na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser and has worked closely with Michele Flournoy -- a can­di­date for sec­re­tary of de­fense in a prospec­tive Mrs Clin­ton ad­min­is­tra­tion -- to forge a cen­trist group of de­fense ex­perts on key mil­i­tary is­sues. It also in­cludes two Home­land Se­cu­rity sec­re­taries under Bush, Tom Ridge and Michael Chertoff, and Robert Zoel­lick, a for­mer World Bank pres­i­dent, US trade rep­re­sen­ta­tive and deputy sec­re­tary of state. Mr Trump’s cam­paign re­sponded with a state­ment from Mr Trump de­nounc­ing the sig­na­to­ries as peo­ple who de­serve the “blame for mak­ing the world such a dan­ger­ous place.” Many of the same lead­ers wrote an open let­ter in March dur­ing the Repub­li­can pri­maries con­demn­ing Mr Trump and pledg­ing to op­pose his can­di­dacy, at a time when other GOP can­di­dates re­mained in the race. The let­ter ac­knowl­edges that many Amer­i­cans “have doubts about Hil­lary Clin­ton, as do many of us.” “But Don­ald Trump is not the an­swer to Amer­ica’s daunt­ing chal­lenges and to this cru­cial elec­tion,” it says.

In the new let­ter, the group warns Mr Trump “lacks the tem­per­a­ment to be Pres­i­dent.”

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