NEW YORK, Aug 9 (APP): A group of top Republican national security advisers and former government officials signed a letter denouncing Donald Trump and questioning his fitness for the office of president of the United States.
Trump immediately dismissed the letter as the “politically-motivated” work of the architects of many “disastrous” foreign policy decisions.
The list of 50 former national security officials who served in Republican administrations from Richard Nixon to George W. Bush announced that they would not vote for the Republican nominee in the letter first reported by The New York Times on Monday afternoon.
“We know the personal qualities required of a President of the United States. None of us will vote for Donald Trump,” they said.
“Mr. Trump lacks the character, values, and experience to be President,” they added.
“He weakens U.S. moral authority as the leader of the free world. He appears to lack basic knowledge about and belief in the U.S. Constitution, U.S. laws, and U.S. institutions, including religious tolerance, freedom of the press, and an independent judiciary.”
Included among the signatories are former CIA director Michael Hayden, former Secretaries of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff and Tom Ridge, former Director of Intelligence John Negroponte, two Under Secretaries of Defence and one Under Secretary of State.The White House veterans acknowledge that many 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. We are convinced that in the Oval Office, he would be the most reckless President in American history.
“From a foreign policy perspective, Donald Trump is not qualified to be President and Commander-in-Chief,” the letter said.
“Indeed, we are convinced that he would be a dangerous President and would put at risk our country’s national security and well-being.
“In addition, Mr. Trump has demonstrated repeatedly that he has little understanding of America’s vital national interests, its complex diplomatic challenges, its indispensable alliances, and the democratic values on which U.S. foreign policy must be based.
At the same time, he persistently compliments our adversaries and threatens our allies and friends.
Unlike previous Presidents who had limited experience in foreign affairs, Mr. Trump has shown no interest in educating himself.
He continues to display an alarming ignorance of basic facts of contemporary international politics. Despite his lack of knowledge, Mr. Trump claims that he understands foreign affairs and knows more about ISIS than the generals do.
“We understand that many Americans are profoundly frustrated with the federal government and its inability to solve pressing domestic and international problems. We also
know that many have doubts about Hillary Clinton, (the Democratic presidential nominee) as do many of us. But Donald Trump is not the answer to America’s daunting challenges and to this crucial election.
“We are convinced that in the Oval Office, he would be the most reckless President in American history,” the letter added.
The letter echoed similar sentiment shared by some Republican national security officials in March, but the new additions came after Mr Trump encouraged Russia to hack Mrs Clinton’s email server, according to the New York Times.
Trump later said he was “being sarcastic” when he made the remarks about hacking his rival’s emails.
Missing from the letter were former secretaries of state Henry Kissinger, George Shultz, James Baker, Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice.
In his statement, Trump said the names on the letter were “the ones the American people should look to for answers on why the world is a mess”.
“We thank them for coming forward so everyone in the country knows who deserves the blame for making the world such a dangerous place,” he continued.
“They are nothing more than the failed Washington elite looking to hold on to their power and it’s time they are held accountable for their actions.”