Republican national security experts have come together to write an open letter condemning GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump for what they claim is his inconsistent and disastrous foreign policy.
Over 50 experts signed their names to the letter that claims Trump is not a worthy candidate for the presidency. The document is short and concise with a series of bullet-points designed to undermine the legitimacy of Trump’s policy.
These experts have several objections, the first of which is that Trump doesn’t seem to abide by any consistent principles in his foreign policy.
“He swings from isolationism to military adventurism within the space of one sentence,” the letter reads.
Additionally, GOP national security employees frown upon Trump’s nationalist economic views and focus on trade wars with other countries.
Trump’s intent to expand the use of torture, too, has angered many of the signers, who also disparage his “hateful, anti-Muslim rhetoric.” Such opinions, according to the experts, alienate moderate Muslim allies in other parts of the world.
Trump is also fond of the wrong sorts of people, according to the letter. His appreciation of Russian President Vladimir Putin has these experts worried.
“Mr. Trump’s own statements lead us to conclude that as president, he would use the authority of his office to act in ways that make America less safe, and which would diminish our standing in the world,” the letter concludes. “Furthermore, his expansive view of how presidential power should be wielded against his detractors poses a distinct threat to civil liberty in the United States. Therefore, as committed and loyal Republicans, we are unable to support a Party ticket with Mr. Trump at its head. We commit ourselves to working energetically to prevent the election of someone so utterly unfitted to the office.”
Former CIA Director Michael Hayden stated late in February that if Trump becomes president, the military may simply refuse to follow orders issued by the commander in chief if he intends to kill the families of Islamic State terrorist members and bring back methods of interrogation far worse than waterboarding.
Trump brushed off the letter as inconsequential Thursday while on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
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