On Tuesday morning in an interview with Fox Business, Donald Trump brushed aside the open letter against his presidential campaign which was signed by dozens of former Republican security officials. He attempted to turn the tables on the officials by giving the letter a good, old-fashioned Trump spin.
He claimed that the officials were desperately trying to use him to gain publicity and were upset that he hadn't employed any of them on his campaign team. He further insulted them by stating that they were trying to use him to get a job.
Trump said, "I wasn't using any of them and they would have loved to have been involved with the campaign... I hadn’t planned on using any of these people..."
A letter signed by dozens of former GOP security officials surfaced Monday that strongly condemns Donald Trump for president.
The group of 50 top Republicans stated simply that they will not vote for the current Republican presidential candidate. They also slammed Trump for his lack of knowledge and understanding of the United States constitution, its laws, and foreign policies.
Not mincing words, the Republicans’ letter stated that Trump would be “the most reckless president in history.”
The GOPers clearly stated that they believe Trump is unqualified to be president and commander-in-chief. “Indeed, we are convinced that he would be a dangerous President and would put at risk our country’s national security and well-being.”
They further denounced Trump by pointing out that he knows next to nothing about the fundamentals of the U.S. legal system. They wrote, Trump “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.” These seemingly basic beliefs and understanding of the federal judicial system should be considered critical for any candidate running for president.
Furthermore, the letter also addressed Trump’s illiteracy in the foreign policy department. They insinuated that not only does Trump appear to understand little about the U.S.’s own laws, but he also demonstrates a frightening disregard for its foreign interests and long-established relationships.
The officials wrote,
“Mr. Trump... persistently compliments our adversaries and threatens our allies and friends… [He] has shown no interest in educating himself. He continues to display an alarming ignorance of basic facts of contemporary international politics.”
While the GOPers ' letter does not indicate a vote for Hillary Clinton, several Republicans have already stated that they would rather cast a vote for the Democratic candidate instead of Trump. Michigan Governor William Milliken and Lezlee Westine , a former deputy assistant to George W. Bush, both announced Monday they will be voting for Clinton.
The letter stated,
“We… 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.”
To read such statements from officials who have served for presidents such as George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan is a breath of fresh air for those who are worried that the U.S. is about to become under the leadership of a culturally illiterate national extremist if Trump wins in November.
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