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Fifty Republican National Security Officials Reject Trump

  • RFE/RL

Fifty top Republican national security officials have declared that their party’s candidate, Donald Trump, “lacks the character, values, and experience” to be president, warning he would be “the most reckless president in American history” if elected.

“We are convinced that he would be a dangerous president and would put at risk our country's national security and well-being," they wrote in a statement published in The New York Times on August 8.

The group includes former homeland security chiefs, intelligence directors, and senior presidential advisers.

While the U.S. security experts did not say they would vote for Trump's rival, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton -- indeed, they expressed "doubts" about her -- they were clear in stating that "none of us will vote for Donald Trump."

"He is unable or unwilling to separate truth from falsehood," the group wrote, saying Trump possesses a set of "dangerous qualities" that should disqualify him from the presidency.

"We are convinced that in the Oval Office, he would be the most reckless president in American history."

With reporting by AFP
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