Fifty senior Republican national security officials issued a stinging rejection of their party’s White House nominee Donald Trump on Monday, 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 Trump, included former homeland security chiefs, intelligence directors, senior presidential advisors and a former US 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.
While they did not say they would vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton — indeed they expressed “doubts” about her — they were clear in stating that “none of us will vote for Donald Trump.”
He is unable or unwilling to separate truth from falsehood
The experts essentially declared the brash billionaire unfit for office, echoing Clinton’s criticism by saying that Trump “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.
We are convinced that in the Oval Office, he would be the most reckless president in American history
“He is unable or unwilling to separate truth from falsehood,” the group wrote, saying Trump possesses a set of “dangerous qualities” that should disqualify him from the presidency.
“We are convinced that in the Oval Office, he would be the most reckless president in American history.”