Donald Trump has had a rough week and it’s about to get worse. 50 senior GOP national security officials warned in a strongly worded letter that the GOP presidential candidate would “risk our country’s national security and well-being.”
The New York Times first reported the letter which was signed by officials who worked Republican administrations, many of them serving as top aides to President George W. Bush.
The officials warn that Donald “would be the most reckless president in American history.”
The New York Times reports:
The letter says Mr. Trump would weaken the United States’ moral authority and questions his knowledge of and belief in the Constitution. It says he has “demonstrated repeatedly that he has little understanding” of the nation’s “vital national interests, its complex diplomatic challenges, its indispensable alliances and the democratic values” on which American policy should be based. And it laments that “Mr. Trump has shown no interest in educating himself.”
“None of us will vote for Donald Trump,” the letter states.
“Trump lacks the character, values, and experience to be President,” the officials wrote. “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.”
The letter signers include Michael Hayden, the former director of the CIA and the National Security Agency, two former secretaries of homeland security, and John Negroponte, who served as director of national intelligence and deputy secretary of state. None of the living Republican former secretaries of state signed the letter.
The officials also stated, “We also know 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.”
Indeed, just two days after getting the OK to get classified info, due to his status as a presidential candidate, Trump told his supporters at a rally of a ‘top secret’ video he saw. Later, he basically admitted that he lied. Imagine a ‘President’ Trump with his blossoming romance with Vladimir Putin.
The entire letter can be read here.
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