Top Republican national security officials slam Trump
FIFTY senior Republican national security officials issued a stinging rejection of their party’s White House nominee Donald Trump, warning he would be “the most reckless president in American history” if elected.
The group, some of whom had already announced they would not vote for Mr Trump, included former homeland security chiefs, intelligence directors, senior presidential advisers and a former United States trade representative. They served under Republican presidents from Richard Nixon to George W Bush.
“We are convinced that he would be a dangerous president and would put at risk our country’s national security and well-being,” they wrote in a statement published in The New York Times on August 8.
While they did not say they would vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton – indeed they expressed “doubts” about her – they stated that “none of us will vote for Donald Trump”.
The experts essentially declared the billionaire unfit for office, echoing Ms Clinton’s criticism of Mr Trump as someone who “lacks the character, values and experience to be president” and displays “alarming ignorance of basic facts” of international politics.
The New York real estate mogul also has shown no willingness to learn about foreign affairs or national security threats, “acts impetuously” and lacks self-control, the statement said.
“He is unable or unwilling to separate truth from falsehood,” the group wrote, saying Mr Trump possesses a set of “dangerous qualities” that should disqualify him from the presidency.
The signatories include Tom Ridge and Michael Chertoff, the first and second homeland security secretaries under president George W Bush, former director of National Intelligence John Negroponte, and Bush-era CIA director Michael Hayden.
Others are former US trade representative and World Bank president Robert Zoellick and Eric Edelman, former national security adviser to vice president Dick Cheney.
Mr Trump reprimanded the group, painting them as “nothing more than the failed Washington elite looking to hold on to their power” and saying they should be “held accountable” for making the world less safe. –
Donald Trump has been described as erratic and lacking self-control.