(dpa/NAN) Fifty high-ranking former national security and foreign policy officials, who served under Republican presidents in the last four decades have rejected Donald Trump, the party’s presidential candidate.
They made the rejection in a public letter released on Tuesday in Washington.
U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump had struggled for months to unify the fractured Republican Party whose nomination he accepted last month, and the cracks continue to grow.
They wrote: “We know the personal qualities required of a president of the United States, none of us will vote for Donald Trump.
The letter writers included former homeland security secretaries Michael Chertoff and Tom Ridge, former CIA director Michael Hayden, former U.S. Trade Representatives Carla Hills.
Others are Robert Zoellick, former U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Chief Andrew Natsios, and former State Department officials Eliot Cohen, Jendayi Frazer, David Kramer and Philip Zelikow.
They said that the 70 year old Trump lacks the “character, values and experience to be president of the United States of America.
The officials also accused him of understanding neither vital U.S. interests and institutions nor world affairs.
“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,’’ the letter said.
The signatories said that “many of us” have “doubts” about Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Presidential nominee, a former U.S. secretary of state.
“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.”
Meanwhile, in a statement, Mr Trump said the names on the letter were “the ones the American people should ask 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.
“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,” he said.