Donald Trump if elected in November “would be the most reckless president” in American history.
Fifty senior Republican national-security officials, in a new letter published by New York Times gave this verdict on the US Republican candidate, ” and vowed never to back his candidacy.
According to the letter, Donald Trump is “dangerous” and poses a serious “risk” to American stability and security.
Among the signatories are former CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden, former secretaries of homeland security Tom Ridge and Michael Chertoff, as well as former deputy secretary of state Robert Zoellick.
All of the participants have worked in Republican administrations, from Richard Nixon to George W. Bush, and all claim to “know the personal qualities required of a President of the United States.”
As such, the letter stated, Trump is definitely “not qualified,” partially due to his “lack of knowledge about… the U.S. Constitution, U.S. laws, and U.S. institutions, including religious tolerance, freedom of the press, and an independent judiciary.”
The letter did not serve as an outright endorsement of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, however, stating: “None of us will vote for Donald Trump… We also know that many have doubts about Hillary Clinton, as do many of us. But Donald Trump is not the answer.”
According to New York Times, the signatories are unlikely to impress Mr. Trump or the largely lesser-known foreign policy team he has assembled around him.
“He has said throughout his campaign that he intends to upend Republican foreign policy orthodoxy on everything from trade to Russia. And many of the aides who signed the letter were active in developing the plan to invade Iraq or managing its aftermath, which Mr. Trump has described as a “disaster.”
A spokeswoman for Mr. Trump did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Missing from the signatories are any of the living Republican former secretaries of state: Henry Kissinger, George P. Shultz, James A. Baker III, Colin L. Powell and Condoleezza Rice.
*Read the letter in New York Times: New York Times