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Donald Trump would put nation's safety at risk, say 50 Republican national security experts

India TV News Desk Washington 09 Aug 2016, 9:42:35 AM IST
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Ín a blow to Donald Trump, a group of 50 Republican national security experts, including former top spy masters and diplomats, has said the White House nominee would be a dangerous President and would put the country's safety at risk.

In a statement issued yesterday, the group of national security experts denounced Donald Trump's presidential candidacy and pledged not to vote for him.

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

Its signatories include former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden, former Director of National Intelligence and Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte and Eric Edelman, who was former Vice President Dick Cheney's national security adviser and has worked closely with Michele Flournoy -- a candidate for secretary of defecse in a prospective Clinton administration -- to forge a centrist group of defence experts on key military issues.

The letter also includes two Homeland Security secretaries under former President George W. Bush, Tom Ridge and Michael Chertoff, and Robert Zoellick, a former World Bank president, US trade representative and deputy secretary of state.

Trump's campaign responded with a statement from Trump denouncing the signatories as people who deserve the "blame for making the world such a dangerous place", CNN reported.

Many of the same leaders wrote an open letter in March during the Republican primaries condemning Trump and pledging to oppose his candidacy, at a time when other party candidates remained in the race.

The new letter acknowledged that many Americans "have doubts about (Democratic nominee) Hillary Clinton, as do many of us."

"But Donald Trump is not the answer to America's daunting challenges and to this crucial election," CNN quoted the letter as saying.

In the letter, the group warned Trump "lacks the temperament to be president".

"He is unable or unwilling to separate truth from falsehood. He does not encourage conflicting views. He lacks self-control and acts impetuously. He cannot tolerate personal criticism. He has alarmed our closest allies with his erratic behaviour," the letter claimed.

"All of these are dangerous qualities in an individual who aspires to be president and commander-in-chief, with command of the US nuclear arsenal."

The letter was drafted by John Bellinger, a former State Department legal advisor to then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, with edits from Bob Blackwill, a former George H.W. Bush White House adviser, and Eliot Cohen, also a former advisor to Rice, CNN added.