Trump is ‘fundamentally dishonest,’ say GOP national security leaders in open letter
” In a last-ditch effort to stop Donald Trump’s likely nomination as the Republican Party’s candidate for president, more than 50 conservative foreign policy experts have signed an open letter condemning the real estate magnate as unfit for the office.
From stating that he’ll make Japan — a close U.S. ally — pay for its longstanding American support, to vowing to kill the families of terrorists, Trump’s rhetoric appears to have finally crossed a line for those conservatives who have made their careers in foreign policy.
The letter’s signatories include former homeland security secretary Michael Chertoff, former deputy secretary of state Robert Zoellick, former homeland security adviser Frances Townsend and former undersecretary of defense Dov Zakheim — all of whom served under President George W. Bush. The letter was published Wednesday night on the foreign policy site War on the Rocks.
The letter stems from a Twitter back and forth by Eliot Cohen, a former State Department official in the Bush administration, and Bryan McGrath, a one-time naval adviser to former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign.
“Do you want to do something about this?” McGrath recalls writing to Cohen, and soon they were bouncing a draft of the letter to their respective address books.
The short, bullet-pointed document hits Trump on issues including his praise for Russian President Vladimir Putin, his nonchalance about torture, being “fundamentally dishonest” and his anti-Muslim rhetoric.”