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Politics Nearly 500 former national security officials formally back Biden

13:16  24 september  2020
13:16  24 september  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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More than 70 former GOP national security officials wrote an open letter backing Biden , calling Trump corrupt and unfit to lead. "We are firmly convinced that it is in the best interest of our nation that Vice President Joe Biden be elected as the next President of the United States, and we will vote

WASHINGTON — Dozens of Republican former U.S. national security officials are forming a group that will back Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden , people familiar with the effort said, in a further sign that President Donald Trump has alienated some members of his own party.

Nearly 500 former national security officials formally back Biden © Getty Images Nearly 500 former national security officials formally back Biden

A bipartisan group of 489 former national security officials have endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

The group, National Security Leaders for Biden, said that President Trump "has demonstrated he is not equal to the enormous responsibilities of his office" and "cannot rise to meet challenges large or small."

"Thanks to his disdainful attitude and his failures, our allies no longer trust or respect us, and our enemies no longer fear us," the group wrote in a letter released Thursday.

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WASHINGTON, June 23 (Reuters) - Dozens of Republican former U.S. national security officials are forming a group that will back Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden , people familiar with the effort said, in a further sign that President Donald Trump has alienated some members of his own party.

By Tim Reid. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Dozens of Republican former U.S. national security officials are forming a group that will back Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden , people familiar with the effort said, in a further sign that President Donald Trump has alienated some members of his own party.

Those who signed the letter include 22 retired four-star generals and numerous high-profile Republicans such as former Navy Secretary Sean O'Keefe and former CIA Director Michael Hayden.

The Republican officials - several of whom were part of the 70 former national security officials who signed on to a separate endorsement of Biden last month - have served under Trump as well as former Republican Presidents George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan.

They say Trump has little empathy, shrugs off responsibility and has allowed climate change and North Korea's nuclear program to continue unabated.

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former U.S. national security officials are forming a group that will back Democratic presidential would endanger U.S. national security and that Republican voters should view Biden as the better choice The group includes some independents and officials from outside the national security arena National Convention in August when Biden will formally become his party’s nominee, but a

Seventy former Republican national security officials will endorse Joe Biden and condemn Donald Trump the day after the Democratic Convention concludes. After the Democratic Convention ends Thursday night with Joe Biden officially accepting his nomination, more than 70 former Republican

Trump has also "ceded influence to a Russian adversary who puts bounties on the heads of American military personnel," they write, referring to allegations that Trump selectively chose to ignore intelligence reports about Russian bounties placed on U.S. service members in the Middle East.

The bounty information was reportedly included in at least one of the president's written briefings in February, though the president has dismissed the reports.

The group said on Thursday that they believe Biden "has the character, principles, wisdom, and leadership necessary to address a world on fire."

Biden "has learned hard lessons and grown as a leader who can take positive action to unite and heal our country. It is unthinkable that he would ever utter the phrase 'I don't take responsibility at all,'" the group writes.

The group was referring to comments made by Trump in a recorded interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bob Woodward, in which the president deflected blame for his administration's sluggish ability to test Americans for the coronavirus.

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Dozens of former U.S. national security officials from Republican administrations are reportedly forming a group to back former Vice President Joe Biden , the presumptive Democratic nominee, in his race against President Trump.

The group includes some independents and officials from outside the national security arena, the sources said. The group could go public before the Democratic National Convention in August when Biden will formally become his party’s nominee, but a launch date has not yet been set, the sources

The letter comes after an article in The Atlantic, which reported that Trump canceled a 2018 trip to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery near Paris, questioning whether it was necessary to visit a cemetery "filled with losers."

Trump has denied the report.


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