88 Former U.S. Admirals And Generals Endorse Trump In Open Letter

A group of 88 retired U.S. Military generals and admirals announced their endorsement of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in an open letter on Tuesday.

The Open Letter from Military Leaders praises Trump’s proposals for rebuilding the military and for promising to bring law and order back to the country.

“The 2016 election affords the American people an urgently needed opportunity to make a long-overdue course correction in our national security posture and policy,” the letter opens, before going after President Barack Obama’s “hollowing out of our military and the burgeoning threats facing our country around the world.”

The letter continues: “As retired senior leaders of America’s military, we believe that such a change can only be made by someone who has not been deeply involved with, and substantially responsible for, the. For this reason, we support Donald Trump’s candidacy to be our next Commander-in-Chief.” The military leaders add:

For the past eight years, America’s armed forces have been subjected to a series of ill-considered and debilitating budget cuts, policy choices and combat operations that have left the superb men and women in uniform less capable of performing their vital missions in the future than we require them to be.

Simultaneously, 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.

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.

“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 states.

The letter concludes: “We urge our fellow Americans to do the same.”

Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, lauded news of the endorsements on Twitter Tuesday.

The high-profile endorsements come as Trump’s campaign readies itself for Wednesday’s Commander-in-Chief Forum, which will be hosted by NBC News in New York City.

Both Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will answer questions from Matt Lauer about national security and veterans issues in front of an audience chiefly made up of veterans and active duty members of the military.

Read the open letter in its entirety, which includes the signatures of all 88 retired admirals and generals,here.

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