A group of former national security officials has endorsed Democratic nominee Joe Biden for president, The Hill reported. Included in the group are 70 Republicans.
The group calls itself National Security Leaders for Biden and is made up of career government officials and some former military officers. The group wrote in an open letter that President Trump “has demonstrated he is not equal to the enormous responsibilities of his office” and “cannot rise to meet challenges large or small.”
“Thanks to his disdainful attitude and his failures, our allies no longer trust or respect us, and our enemies no longer fear us,” their letter alleges.
The idea of establishment figures opposing Trump is nothing new. A number of prominent establishment Republicans, including the 2012 Republican nominee for president Mitt Romney, voiced opposition to Trump during the 2016 election season. Trump never appealed to those in either party who had spent most of their working lives in Washington, D.C. Trump’s election promise to “drain the swamp” of the nation’s capital was a direct threat to career politicians and government officials.
Among those with opposing views are a group of Australian law professors, who have nominated Trump for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize according to Fox News. This is the third nomination for that award that the President has received.
“What he has done with the Trump Doctrine is that he has decided he would no longer have America involved in endless wars, wars which achieve nothing but the killing of thousands of young Americans and enormous debts imposed on America,” David Flint, a member of the Australian group, said. “He’s reducing America’s tendency to get involved in any and every war.”
The Australian scholars praised Trump for his work in the historic peace deal reached earlier this year between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
“What Trump did is he went ahead and negotiated against all advice, but he did it with common sense,” Flint said. “He negotiated directly with the Arab states concerned and Israel and brought them together. The states are lining up, Arab and Middle-Eastern, to join that network of peace which will dominate the Middle-East. He is really producing peace in the world in a way in a which none of his predecessors did, and he fully deserves the Nobel Peace Prize,”
“He’s also been the first American president to work out how to make America energy independent of the Middle East,” Flint added.
Trump was previously nominated for the Nobel Prize by Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a member of the Norwegian Parliament and chairman of the Norwegian delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. The Norwegian was particularly impressed with Trump’s efforts to remove U.S. troops from the Middle East and his opposition to the endless wars that have been a key facet of American foreign policy for the last thirty years. “Trump has broken a 39-year-old streak of American Presidents either starting a war or bringing the United States into an international armed conflict. The last president to avoid doing so was Peace Prize laureate Jimmy Carter,” Tybring-Gjedde wrote in his nominating letter.