Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump earned the endorsement of 88 retired U.S. generals and admirals on Tuesday, as the campaign enters into full swing.
“Enemies of this country have been emboldened, sensing weakness and irresolution in Washington and opportunities for aggression at our expense and that of other freedom-loving nations,” the retired military leaders state in a letter released after Labor Day. “In our professional judgment, the combined effect is potentially extremely perilous. That is especially the case if our government persists in the practices that have brought us to this present pass. For this reason, we support Donald Trump and his commitment to rebuild our military, to secure our borders, to defeat our Islamic supremacist adversaries and restore law and order domestically.”
The letter was organized by Major General Sidney Shachnow, the only Holocaust survivor to become a U.S. General, and Rear Admiral Charles Williams. “He has the temperament to be commander-in-chief,” Shachnow stated.
Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, (US Army, Ret.), a Trump surrogate, noted that Trump’s deep and growing support in the military community show “he’s the right person to lead our men and women in uniform.”
“It is a great honor to have such amazing support from so many distinguished retired military leaders,” Trump said in a statement. “I thank each of them for their service and their confidence in me to serve as commander-in-chief. Keeping our nation safe and leading our armed forces is the most important responsibility of the presidency. Under my administration, we will end the weak foreign policy of the last eight years, rebuild our military, give our troops clear rules of engagement and take care of our veterans when they come home.”
Tuesday’s letter is a counterbalance to Hillary Clinton’s assertion that Trump is “temperamentally unfit to serve as president and commander-in-chief.”
Last month fifty top Republican national security officials, mainly former aides for President George W. Bush, issued a joint statement saying they will not vote the Republican presidential nominee in the November 8 election. “From a foreign policy perspective, Donald Trump is not qualified to be President and Commander-in-Chief,” they wrote in a letter. “Indeed, we are convinced that he would be a dangerous president and would put at risk our country’s national security and well-being.”