Nearly 500 Military and National Security Officials Say They ‘Fear’ for the US Under Trump
In a stinging rebuke of President Donald Trump, nearly 500 military officials and public servants, including several who formerly worked under him have endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in a letter Thursday. Calling Biden “the leader our nation needs” and “a good man with a strong sense of right and wrong,” the signatories include people who worked in the administrations of three of Trump’s predecessors — Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama — and at least five former members of Trump’s own administration, Newsweek notes.
The letter plainly states Trump has severely mishandled the coronavirus pandemic and noted he is simply unable to fulfill the responsibilities that the presidency requires.
“We love our country,” the signatories state. “Unfortunately we also fear for it. The COVID-19 pandemic has proven America needs principled, wise, and responsible leadership. America needs a president who understands, as President Harry S. Truman said that ‘the buck stops here.”
The former Trump administration members who have signed the letter include retired Air Force General Paul Selva and retired Admiral Paul Zukunft, who served as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and commandant of the Coast Guard, respectively, during the Obama administration. Both served several years under Trump and retired in 2019 and 2018.
At least three other former Trump administration members also signed the endorsement, including Virginia Bennett, who served with the State Department beginning with the Clinton administration. In the Trump administration, Bennett served as acting assistant secretary of state and principal deputy for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. She left the position in 2017.
Patrick Carrick, a prominent scientist with the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate until 2018, and Mario Caraballo, the former Deputy Administrator at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also added their signatures to the Biden endorsement.
One of the biggest reasons the signatories mentioned for supporting Biden is that he understands “the challenges” of those he leads. He has an empathy that stems from “his humble roots, family tragedies, and personal loss” that enables him to understand the pain of everyday Americans.
The endorsement also noted that while those who signed may have differing opinions on policy matters, all say they believe Biden’s positions are rooted in “sound judgment.” Something that we obviously can’t say is true for Trump.
“The next president will inherit a nation — and a world — in turmoil,” per the endorsement. “The current president has demonstrated he is not equal to the enormous responsibilities of his office; he cannot rise to meet challenges large or small.”
I’d say this endorsement pretty well encapsulates the situation. Trump can’t even stop whining on Twitter, let alone handle matters of national importance.