51 senior officials call Trump presidency ‘dangerous’

Fifty-one senior national security officials who served in Republican administrations signed a scathing letter Monday saying a Donald Trump presidency would be dangerous and put U.S. national security at risk.

“Most fundamentally, Mr. Trump lacks the character, values, and experience to be President. He weakens U.S. moral authority as leader of the free world. He appears to lack basic knowledge about and belief in the U.S. Constitution, U.S. laws, and U.S. institutions, including religious tolerance, freedom of the press, and an independent judiciary,” the statement reads.

National Security Letter

The officials who signed the letter include:

  1. Donald B. Ayer, Former Deputy Attorney General
  2. John B. Bellinger III, Former Legal Adviser to the Department of State; former Legal Adviser to the National Security Council, The White House
  3. Robert Blackwill, Former Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Planning, The White House
  4. Michael Chertoff, Former Secretary of Homeland Security; former Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division, Department of Justice
  5. Eliot A. Cohen, Former Counselor of the Department of State
  6. Eric Edelman, Former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy; former National Security Advisor to the Vice President, The White House
  7. Gary Edson, Former Deputy National Security Advisor, The White House
  8. Richard Falkenrath, Former Deputy Homeland Security Advisor, The White House
  9. Peter Feaver, Former Senior Director for Strategic Planning, National Security Council, The White House
  10. Richard Fontaine, Former Associate Director for Near East Affairs, National Security Council, The White House
  11. Jendayi Frazer, Former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs; former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs
  12. Aaron Friedberg, Former Deputy National Security Advisor to the Vice President, The White House
  13. David Gordon, Former Director of Policy Planning, Department of State
  14. Michael Green, Former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Asia, National Security Council, The White House
  15. Brian Gunderson, Former Chief of Staff, Department of State
  16. Paul Haenle, Former Director for China and Taiwan, National Security Council, The White House
  17. Michael Hayden, Former Director, Central Intelligence Agency; former Director, National Security Agency
  18. Carla A. Hills, Former U.S. Trade Representative
  19. John Hillen, Former Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs
  20. William Inboden, Former Senior Director for Strategic Planning, National Security Council, The White House
  21. Reuben Jeffery III, Former Under Secretary of State for Economic Energy and Agricultural Affairs; former Special Assistant to the President for International
  22. Economic Affairs, National Security Council, The White House
  23. James Jeffrey, Former Deputy National Security Advisor, The White House
  24. Ted Kassinger, Former Deputy Secretary of Commerce
  25. David Kramer, Former Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
  26. James Langdon, Former Chairman, President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, The White House
  27. Peter Lichtenbaum, Former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration
  28. Mary Beth Long, Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs
  29. Clay Lowery, Former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs; former Director for International Finance, National Security Council, The White House
  30. Robert McCallum, Former Associate Attorney General; former Ambassador to Australia
  31. Richard Miles, Former Director for North America, National Security Council, The White House
  32. Andrew Natsios, Former Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development
  33. John Negroponte, Former Director of National Intelligence; former Deputy Secretary of State; former Deputy National Security Advisor
  34. Meghan O’Sullivan, Former Deputy National Security Advisor for Iraq and Afghanistan
  35. Dan Price, Former Deputy National Security Advisor
  36. Tom Ridge, Former Secretary of Homeland Security; former Assistant to the President for Homeland Security, The White House; former Governor of Pennsylvania
  37. Nicholas Rostow, Former Legal Adviser to the National Security Council, The White House
  38. Kori Schake, Former Director for Defense Strategy, National Security Council, The White House
  39. Kristen Silverberg, Former Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations
  40. Stephen Slick, Former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Intelligence Programs, National Security Council, The White House
  41. Shirin R. Tahir-Kheli, Former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Democracy, Human Rights and International Operations, National Security Council, The White House; former Ambassador and Senior Advisor for Women’s Empowerment, Department of State
  42. William H. Taft IV, Former Deputy Secretary of Defense; former Ambassador to NATO
  43. Larry D. Thompson, Former Deputy Attorney General
  44. William Tobey, Former Deputy Administrator, National Nuclear Security Administration, Department of Energy; former Director for CounterProliferation Strategy, National Security Council, The White House
  45. John Veroneau, Former Deputy U.S. Trade Representative
  46. Kenneth Wainstein, Former Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, The White House; former Assistant Attorney General for National Security, Department of Justice
  47. Matthew Waxman, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense; former Director for Contingency Planning and International Justice, National Security Council, The White House
  48. Dov Zakheim, Former Under Secretary of Defense
  49. Roger Zakheim, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense
  50. Philip Zelikow, Former Counselor of the Department of State
  51. Robert Zoellick, Former U.S. Trade Representative; former Deputy Secretary of State