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USA – Republican security officials back Biden

An article by David Sanger of the New York Times 20 August 2020

Four years after 50 of the nation’s most senior Republican national security officials warned that Donald Trump “would be the most reckless president in American history,” they are back with a new letter, declaring his presidency worse than they had imagined and urging voters to support former Vice President Joe Biden.

The new letter, released just hours before Biden formally accepts the nomination, lays out a 10-point indictment of Mr Trump’s actions, accusing him of undermining the rule of law, aligning himself with dictators and engaging “in corrupt behaviour that renders him unfit to serve as president”.

They also accused him of “spreading misinformation” and “undermining public health experts,” making him “unfit to lead during a national crisis”.

“When we wrote in 2016, we were warning against a vote for Donald Trump, but many of the signatories were not ready to embrace his opponent,” Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state, noted John Bellinger, a former legal adviser at the State Department and National Security Council who was among the authors of the past and current letters.

“This is different: Each of the signatories has said he or she will vote for Biden. Signatories are now even more concerned about Trump, and have fewer concerns about Biden.”

The letter was released by DefendingDemocracyTogether.org, an advocacy group created in 2018 by anti-Trump Republicans and conservatives.

Among the signatories are former officials from the Reagan administration; others who served both George HW Bush and George W Bush; and a few, like John Negroponte, the former director of national intelligence, and Gen. Michael Hayden, who served as director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency.

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