Top Repub­li­can na­tional se­cu­rity of­fi­cials slam Trump

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

Photo: AFP

Don­ald Trump has been de­scribed as er­ratic and lack­ing self-con­trol.

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