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VT Was Right Day One: GOP Security Officials Endorse Biden…Say Trump Working for America’s Enemies – Veterans Today

The statement below was issued by over 70 former senior Republican national security officials on August 20, 2020, and 60 additional senior officials have now signed on, including many who served in the Trump Administration.  Since its release, Donald Trump has continued to demonstrate that he is unfit to serve as president, reportedly calling Americans who served in our armed forces “losers” and “suckers,” admitting that he deliberately downplayed the threat from the coronavirus, and, alarmingly, now refusing to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the election.

We are former national security officials who served during the administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, and/or Donald Trump, or as Republican Members of Congress. We are profoundly concerned about the course of our nation under the leadership of Donald Trump. Through his actions and his rhetoric, Trump has demonstrated that he lacks the character and competence to lead this nation and has engaged in corrupt behavior that renders him unfit to serve as President.

For the following reasons, we have concluded that Donald Trump has failed our country and that Vice President Joe Biden should be elected the next President of the United States.

  1. Donald Trump has gravely damaged America’s role as a world leader. Trump has disgraced America’s global reputation and undermined our nation’s moral and diplomatic influence. He has called NATO “obsolete,” branded Europe a “foe,” mocked the leaders of America’s closest friends, and threatened to terminate longstanding US alliances. Other global leaders, friends and foes alike, view him as unreliable, unstable, and unworthy of respect.
  2. Donald Trump has shown that he is unfit to lead during a national crisis. Instead of rallying the American people and the world to confront the coronavirus, Trump has spent the past half year spreading misinformation, undermining public health experts, attacking state and local officials, and wallowing in self-pity. He has demonstrated far greater concern about the fate of his reelection than the health of the American people.
  3. Donald Trump has solicited foreign influence and undermined confidence in our presidential elections. Trump publicly asked Russian president Vladimir Putin to assist his 2016 campaign, called on Chinese president Xi Jinping to “start an investigation” into his current political opponent, and pressured the president of Ukraine to act against his opponent. Citing exaggerated claims of voter fraud, he has challenged the integrity of this year’s election, even suggesting that it be postponed.
  4. Donald Trump has aligned himself with dictators and failed to stand up for American values. Trump has regularly praised the actions of dictators and human rights abusers. He proclaimed his “love” and “great respect” for North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un, endorsed “brilliant leader” Xi Jinping’s move to serve as China’s president for life, repeatedly sided with Vladimir Putin against our own intelligence community, and pronounced himself a “big fan” of Turkish president Recep Erdogan despite his crackdown on democracy.
  5. Donald Trump has disparaged our armed forces, intelligence agencies, and diplomats. Trump has attacked Gold Star families, scoffed at American prisoners of war, interfered in the military justice system, and embroiled our military in domestic politics. He has ridiculed US intelligence agencies and falsely branded our nation’s diplomats as the “deep state.”
  6. Donald Trump has undermined the rule of law. Trump has compromised the independence of the Department of Justice, repeatedly attacked federal judges, and punished government officials who have sought to uphold the law. To protect himself from accountability, he has fired officials who launched investigations or testified against him, threatened whistleblowers, dangled pardons as incentives to stay silent, and blocked prison time for a political crony convicted of lying on his behalf. He has impugned journalists investigating his misconduct and has repeatedly denounced the press as the “enemy of the people.”
  7. Donald Trump has dishonored the office of the presidency. Trump engages in childish name-calling, mocks the disabled, belittles women, persistently lies, peddles baseless conspiracy theories, and continually embarrasses Americans in the eyes of the world.
  8. Donald Trump has divided our nation and preached a dark and pessimistic view of America. Trump consistently seeks to incite political, racial, and ethnic divisions, weakening our nation and delighting our adversaries. In contrast to Reagan’s vision of America as a “shining city on a hill,” Trump speaks of “American carnage,” pits Americans against each other, and stokes fears that “angry mobs” and “anarchists” are destroying our country.
  9. Donald Trump has attacked and vilified immigrants to our country. Trump routinely denigrates immigrants and inflames prejudices as he seeks support for his reelection. Despite America’s legacy as a nation of immigrants, he has demonized Americans who come from other countries, even telling members of Congress whose families immigrated to the United States to “go back” to the “crime-infested places” from which they came.
  10. Donald Trump has imperiled America’s security by mismanaging his national security team. Trump has dismissed or replaced — often by tweet — the secretaries of State, Defense, and Homeland Security, the Attorney General, the Directors of National Intelligence and the FBI, three National Security Advisors, and other senior officials in critical national security positions, many because they refused to cover for his misdeeds or demonstrate sufficient personal loyalty.

While we – like all Americans – had hoped that Donald Trump would govern wisely, he has disappointed millions of voters who put their faith in him and has demonstrated that he is dangerously unfit to serve another term.

In contrast, we believe Joe Biden has the character, experience, and temperament to lead this nation. We believe he will restore the dignity of the presidency, bring Americans together, reassert America’s role as a global leader, and inspire our nation to live up to its ideals.

While some of us hold policy positions that differ from those of Joe Biden and his party, the time to debate those policy differences will come later. For now, it is imperative that we stop Trump’s assault on our nation’s values and institutions and reinstate the moral foundations of our democracy.

To that end, 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 for him.

  • Adm. Steve Abbot

    Fmr Dep Homeland Security Advisor

  • Kenneth Adelman

    Fmr Director, Arms Control and Disarmament Agency

  • Amb. Peter Allgeier

    Fmr Deputy US Trade Representative

  • Mary Catherine Andrews

    Fmr Special Asst to the President

  • Richard Armitage

    Fmr Deputy Secretary of State

  • Christopher Barton

    Fmr Director, NSC Staff

  • Nancy Bearg

    Fmr Senior Director, NSC Staff

  • John Bellinger

    Fmr Legal Adviser, Dept of State

  • Adm. Kenneth Bernard

    Fmr Special Asst to the President

  • Mark Bitterman

    Fmr Special Asst to the Secretary of Defense

  • Amb. Robert Blackwill

    Fmr Deputy National Security Advisor

  • Christian Bonat

    Fmr Dep General Counsel, Defense Dept

  • Amb. Richard Boucher

    Fmr Asst Secretary of State

  • Amb. Charles Bowers

    Fmr US Ambassador

  • Bertram Braun

    Fmr Director, NSC Staff

  • Amb. Peter Bridges

    Fmr US Ambassador

  • Douglas Brook

    Fmr Asst Secretary of the Army

  • Linton Brooks

    Fmr Under Secretary of Energy

  • Greg Brower

    Fmr Asst Director of the FBI

  • Kara Bue

    Fmr Dep Asst Secretary of State

  • Amb. Richard Burt

    Fmr US Ambassador to Germany

  • Sally Canfield

    Fmr Dep Chief of Staff, Dept of Homeland Security

  • Victor Cha

    Fmr Director, NSC Staff

  • Amb. Jack Chow

    Fmr Dep Asst Secretary of State

  • Thomas Christensen

    Fmr Dep Asst Secretary of State

  • Eliot Cohen

    Fmr Counselor of the Dept of State

  • Joseph Collins

    Fmr Dep Asst Secretary of Defense

  • Heather Conley

    Fmr Dep Asst Secretary of State

  • Bret Coulson

    Fmr Director, NSC Staff

  • Chester Crocker

    Fmr Asst Secretary of State

  • Patrick Cronin

    Fmr Asst Administrator, USAID

  • Amb. Sada Cumber

    Fmr US Special Envoy to the OIC​

  • Mike Donley

    Fmr Secretary of the Air Force

  • Raymond DuBois

    Fmr Acting Under Secretary of the Army

  • Lewis Dunn

    Fmr Asst Director, Arms Control and Disarmament Agency

  • Amb. Eric Edelman

    Fmr Under Secretary of Defense

  • Gary Edson

    Fmr Deputy National Security Advisor

  • Richard Falkenrath

    Fmr Dep Asst to the President

  • Amb. Julie Finley

    Fmr US Ambassador

  • Carl Ford

    Fmr Asst Secretary of State

  • Aaron Friedberg

    Fmr Dep Asst to the Vice President

  • William Gaches

    Fmr Director of Counterterrorism, NSA

  • Janice Gardner

    Fmr Asst Secretary of the Treasury

  • John Gardner

    Fmr Special Asst to the President

  • Amb. James Glassman

    Fmr Under Secretary of State

  • Jonathan Glassman

    Fmr Dep National Security Advisor to the Vice President

  • David Gordon

    Fmr Director, State Dept, Policy Planning

  • Colleen Graffy

    Fmr Dep Asst Secretary of State

  • Michael Green

    Fmr Senior Director, NSC Staff

  • Sen. Chuck Hagel

    Fmr Secretary of Defense and US Senator

  • Christopher Hankin

    Fmr Dep Asst Secretry of State

  • Mark Harvey

    Fmr Special Asst to the President

  • Gen. Michael Hayden

    Fmr Director of the CIA and the NSA

  • Amb. Carla Hills

    Fmr US Trade Representative

  • Seth Hurwitz

    Fmr Counsel, President’s Intelligence Oversight Board

  • Ash Jain

    Fmr Member, State Dept Policy Planning

  • Les Janka

    Fmr Dep Asst Secretary of Defense

  • Neil Joeck

    Fmr Director, NSC Staff

  • Amb. Richard Kauzlarich

    Fmr Dep Asst Secretary of State

  • James Kelly

    Fmr Asst Secretary of State

  • Donald Kerr

    Fmr Princ Dep Director of National Intelligence

  • Rep. Jim Kolbe

    Fmr Member of Congress

  • David Kramer

    Fmr Asst Secretary of State

  • Stephen Krasner

    Fmr Director, State Dept Policy Planning

  • Ken Krieg

    Fmr Under Secretary of Defense

  • James Kunder

    Fmr Deputy Administrator, USAID

  • Amb. Frank Lavin

    Fmr Under Secretary of Commerce

  • Rep. Jim Leach

    Fmr Member of Congress

  • Bruce Lemkin

    Fmr Dep Under Secretary of the Air Force

  • Michael Leiter

    Fmr Director, National Counterterrorism Ctr

  • Peter Lichtenbaum

    Fmr Asst Secretary of Commerce

  • Amb. Winston Lord

    Fmr US Ambassador

  • James Loy

    Fmr Dep Secretary of Homeland Security

  • Peter Madigan

    Fmr Dep Asst Secretary State

  • Amb. Steven Mann

    Fmr Prin Dep Asst Secretary of State

  • Col. John McDonald

    Fmr Dep Under Secretary of the Army

  • Bryan McGrath

    Former US Navy Officer

  • Amb. Michael McKinley

    Fmr US Ambassador

  • Christopher Mellon

    Fmr Dep Asst Secretary of Defense

  • David Merkel

    Fmr Dep Asst Secretary of State

  • John Mitnick

    Fmr General Counsel, Department of Homeland Security

  • Allen Moore

    Fmr Under Secretary of Commerce

  • Alberto Mora

    Fmr Gen Counsel, Dept of the Navy

  • Holly Morrow

    Fmr Director, NSC Staff

  • Kenneth Mortensen

    Fmr Assoc Dep Attorney General

  • Virginia Mulberger

    Fmr Special Asst to the President

  • Alden Munson

    Fmr Dep Director of National Intelligence

  • Amb. John Negroponte

    Fmr Director of National Intelligence, and Fmr Deputy Secretary of State

  • Elizabeth Neumann

    Fmr Asst Secretary of Homeland Security

  • Sean O’Keefe

    Fmr Secretary of the Navy and NASA Administrator

  • Douglas Paal

    Fmr Senior Director, NSC Staff

  • Larry Pfeiffer

    Fmr Chief of Staff, CIA

  • William Piekney

    Fmr Chief of Station, CIA

  • Daniel Price

    Fmr Dep National Security Advisor

  • Sen. Larry Pressler

    Fmr US Senator

  • Clyde Prestowitz

    Fmr Counselor to the Secretary of Commerce

  • Victor Reis

    Fmr Director, Defense Adv Research Projects Agency

  • Paul Rosenzweig

    Fmr Dep Asst Secretary of Homeland Security

  • Nicholas Rostow

    Fmr NSC Legal Adviser

  • Kori Schake

    Fmr Prin Dep Director, State Dept Policy Planning

  • Wayne Schroeder

    Fmr Dep Under Secretary of Defense

  • Amb. Gregory Schulte

    Fmr Senior Director, NSC Staff

  • Robert Shanks

    Fmr Dep Asst Attorney General

  • Amb. Thomas Shannon

    Fmr Under Secretary of State

  • Rep. Christopher Shays

    Fmr Member of Congress

  • John Simon

    Fmr Senior Director, NSC Staff

  • Stephen Slick

    Fmr Senior Director, NSC Staff

  • Amb. Mark Storella

    Fmr US Ambassador

  • Timothy Stratford

    Fmr Asst US Trade Representative

  • Amb. William Taft

    Fmr Deputy Secretary of Defense

  • Shirin Tahir-Kheli

    Fmr Special Asst to the President

  • Miles Taylor

    Fmr Chief of Staff, Dept of Homeland Security

  • William Tobey

    Fmr Dep Administrator, Nat Nuclear Security Admin

  • Jack Tomarchio

    Fmr Princ Dep Under Secretary of Homeland Security

  • Olivia Troye

    Fmr Special Advisor to the Vice President

  • Amb. Robert Tuttle

    Fmr US Ambassador to the United Kingdom

  • John Veroneau

    Fmr Dep US Trade Representative

  • Michael Vickers

    Fmr Under Secretary of Defense

  • Ken Wainstein

    Fmr Homeland Security Advisor

  • David Waller

    Fmr Asst Secretary of Energy

  • Thomas Ward

    Fmr Director of Threats, Ballistic Missile Defense Organization

  • Sen. John Warner

    Fmr US Senator

  • Matthew Waxman

    Fmr Prin Dep Director, State Dept Policy Planning

  • William Webster

    Fmr Director of the CIA and FBI

  • Wendell Willkie II

    Fmr General Counsel, Dept of Commerce

  • John Woodworth

    Fmr Dep Asst Secretary of Defense

  • John Wolf

    Fmr Asst Secretary of State

  • Dov Zakheim

    Fmr Under Secretary of Defense

  • Philip Zelikow

    Fmr Counselor of the Dept of State

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