Trump Endorsed By Long List of Retired Military Leaders

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures to supporters during a rally in Eugene, Oregon on May 6, 2016.  / AFP PHOTO / Rob Kerr

Republican nominee Donald Trump has released a letter he received from 88 retired U.S. military generals and admirals who have given him their endorsement for President.

Trump’s announcement said the list includes four 4-star and fourteen 3-star flag officers.  

In the letter, the military leaders state, “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. 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 hollowing out of our military and the burgeoning threats facing our country around the world. For this reason, we support Donald Trump’s candidacy to be our next Commander-in-Chief.”

The letter emphasizes that budget cuts to the military under the Obama administration have left the military less capable of performing their missions, which has emboldened America’s enemies, as they have sensed weakness in Washington and have seen “opportunities for aggression at our expense.”

Included on the list is Major General Shachnow, the only Holocaust survivor to become a U.S. General, who served in the Army 40 years, including 32 years with the Green Berets.   “He has the temperament to be commander-in-chief,” Shachnow is quoted as saying.

Rear Admiral Charles Williams said the letter was released so the public would know that military leaders believe “Donald Trump is more trusted to be commander-in-chief than Hillary Clinton.”

Trump’s statement in response to the endorsement:

“It is a great honor to have such amazing support from so many distinguished retired military leaders,” said Republican nominee for president Donald J. Trump. “I thank each of them for their service and their confidence in me to serve as commander-in-chief. Keeping our nation safe and leading our armed forces is the most important responsibility of the presidency. Under my administration, we will end the weak foreign policy of the last eight years, rebuild our military, give our troops clear rules of engagement and take care of our veterans when they come home. We can only Make America Great Again if we ensure our military remains the finest fighting force in the world, and that’s exactly what I will do as president.”

Minutes after the Presidential Forum had ended Wednesday evening, US Admiral Chuck Kubic released this statement about Trump, which has also been posted on Trump’s website:

“Donald Trump understands when America is not prepared, that is when the danger is the greatest. Mr. Trump’s plans to rebuild our military will allow the United States to deter, avoid and prevent conflict through our unmatched military might. He has the vision and judgment to keep America safe from radical Islamic terrorists and take on the global challenges of the 21st century. Hillary Clinton through her actions has proven she cannot be trusted to serve as commander-in-chief. Her foreign policy record is a graveyard of diplomatic failures from the Middle East to Asia to Russia which have undermined America’s interests. And the fact she put national security at risk with a private email system designed to conceal Clinton Foundation corruption is disqualifying on its face. We cannot reward her bad judgment and reckless conduct with a promotion.” – Rear Admiral Chuck Kubic, USN, Ret.

The full letter can be viewed here. The full list of retired military leaders endorsing Donald J. Trump in the letter can be found below.

General Burwell B. Bell III, US Army, Retired

General Alfred G. Hansen, US Air Force, Retired

Admiral Jerry Johnson, US Navy, Retired

General Crosbie “Butch” Saint, US Army, Retired

Lieutenant General William G. Boykin, US Army, Retired

Lieutenant General Marvin Covault, US Army, retired

Lieutenant General Gordon E, Fornell, US Air Force, Retired

Lieutenant General Harley Hughes, US Air Force, Retired

Lieutenant General Thomas McInerney, US Air Force, Retired

Lieutenant General Timothy A. Kinnan, US Air Force, Retired

Lieutenant General Hugh G. Smith, US Army, Retired

Lieutenant General David J. Teal, US Air Force, Retired

Lieutenant General William E. Thurman, US Air Force, Retired

Vice Admiral Mike Bucchi, US Navy, Retired

Vice Admiral Edward Clexton, Jr. US Navy, Retired

Vice Admiral R.F. Schoultz, US Navy, Retired

Vice Admiral Donald Thompson, US Coast Guard, Retired

Vice Admiral Jerry Unruh, US Navy, Retired

Major General Joe Arbuckle, US Army, Retired

Major General John Bianchi, CSMR, Retired

Major General Henry D. Canterbury, US Air Force, Retired

Major General Jeffrey Cliver, US Air Force, Retired

Major General Tommy F. Crawford, US Air Force, Retired

Major General Felix Dupre, US Air Force, Retired

Major General Neil Eddins, US Air Force, Retired

Major General David W. Eidsaune, US Air Force, Retired

Major General William A. Gorton, US Air Force, Retired

Major General Kenneth Hagemann, US Air Force, Retired

Major General Gary L. Harrell, US Army, Retired

Major General Geoffrey Higginbothan, US Marine Corps, Retired

Major General John D. Logeman, Jr., US Air Force, Retired

Major General Homer S. Long, US Army, Retired

Major General Billy McCoy, US Air Force, Retired

Major General Robert Messerli, US Air Force, Retired

Major General John Miller, US Air Force, Retired

Major General Ray O’Mara, US Air Force, Retired

Major General George W.“Nordie” Norwood, US Air Force, Retired

Major General Robert W. Paret, US Air Force MC, Retired

Major General James W. Parker, US Army, Retired

Major General Richard Perraut, US Air Force, Retired

Major General Sidney Shachnow, US Army, Retired

Major General Mark Solo, US Air Force, Retired

Major General John Welde, US Air Force, Retired

Major General Kenneth W. Weir, US Marine Corps, Retired

Rear Admiral Phillip Anselmo, US Navy, Retired

Rear Admiral Thomas F. Brown III, US Navy, Retired

Rear Admiral Robert C. Crates, SC, US Navy, Retired

Rear Admiral Mimi Drew, US Navy, Retired

Rear Admiral Ernest Elliot, SC, US Navy, Retired

Rear Admiral James H. Flatley III, US Navy, Retired

Rear Admiral Byron Fuller, US Navy, Retired

Rear Admiral Dale Hagen, US Navy, Retired

Rear Admiral Charles F. Horne III US Navy, Retired

Rear Admiral Grady L. Jackson, US Navy, Retired

Rear Admiral J. Adrian Jackson, US Navy, Retired

Rear Admiral Frederick C. Johnson, US Navy, Retired

Rear Admiral Jack Kavanaugh, SC, US Navy, Retired

Rear Admiral Charles R.Kubic, US Navy, Retired

Rear Admiral Rich Landolt, US Navy, Retired

Rear Admiral William J. McDaniel, MD, US Navy, Retired

Rear Admiral E.S. McGinley II, US Navy, Retired

Rear Admiral Douglas M. Moore Jr. SC US Navy. Retired

Rear Admiral John A. Moriarty, US Navy, Retired

Rear Admiral David R. Morris, US Navy, Retired

Rear Admiral Ed Nelson, US Coast Guard, Retired

Rear Admiral Philip R. Olsen, US Navy, Retired

Rear Admiral Robert S. Owens, US Navy, Retired

Rear Admiral W.W. Pickavance, Jr., US Navy, Retired

Rear Admiral Leonard F. Picotte, US Navy, Retired

Rear Admiral Brian C. Prindle, US Navy, Retired

Rear Admiral William J. Ryan, US Navy, Retired

Rear Admiral William L. Schachte, Jr., US Navy JAGC, Retired

Rear Admiral William R. Schmidt, US Navy, Retired

Rear Admiral Hugh P. Scott, US Navy, MC, Retired

Rear Admiral Gregory Slavonic, US Navy, Retired

Rear Admiral Charles Williams, US Navy, Retired

Rear Admiral H. Denny Wisely, US Navy, Retired

Brigadier General Remo Butler, US Army, Retired

Brigadier General George P. Cole, Jr. US Air Force, Retired

Brigadier General Philip M. Drew, US Air Force, Retired

Brigadier General Jerome V. Foust, US Army, Retired

Brigadier General Thomas W. Honeywill, US Air Force, Retired

Brigadier General Charles Jones, US Air Force, Retired

Brigadier General Mike D. Jones, US Army, Retired

Brigadier General Thomas J. Lennon, US Air Force, Retired

Brigadier General Mark D. Scraba, US Army, Retired

Brigadier General Hugh B. Tant III, US Army, Retired

Brigadier General Robert F. Titus, US Air Force, Retired







 

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