A group of former nuclear launch officers in the U.S. Air Force have come together to sign an open letter to the public stating their fears over presidential candidate Donald Trump having control over the ‘red button’.
Already 50 top Republican security experts have denounced the candidate of the GOP as “unfit to serve”.
The officers who executed presidential orders to launch atomic weapons argue:
- “Only the president can order a nuclear launch. That order cannot be vetoed and once the missiles have been launched, they cannot be called back, the consequences of miscalculation, impulsive decision-making or poor judgment on the part of the president could be catastrophic.”
- The letter concludes: “Donald Trump should not be the nation’s commander-in-chief. He should not be entrusted with the nuclear launch codes. He should not have his finger on the button.”
Trump’s temperament has been a constant source of criticism from his detractors, and in particular his opponent, Hillary Clinton.
He has shown an almost unbelievable lack of judgement in going after those who criticise him, and holding those grudges far past when it was obvious they should be dropped. No one is spared, to name but a few:
- Fellow Republicans who do not endorse him, or have criticised him publicly
- The Gold Star family of a fallen US military hero
- Former Miss Universe (at 3am)
Both Clinton and the military experts agree, Donald Trump does not have the calm demeanour required of a commander-in-chief.
The man behind the organisation of the letter, Bruce Blair, said, “No one who signed the letter wanted to disclose a position who they would vote for,” Blair said. “The letter is focused entirely on Trump.” He said those who signed were “flabbergasted” by the possibility of a Trump presidency, and wanted to speak out before it was too late.
The full letter can be found here
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