Former Ford, Bush national security
adviser Scowcroft endorses Clinton
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[June 23, 2016]
By Alana Wise
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Brent Scowcroft,
who was national security adviser to two Republican U.S. presidents, on
Wednesday endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton for president over Donald
Trump, in a snub of the Republican Party's likely nominee by a prominent
member of its security wing.
"The presidency requires the judgment and the knowledge to make
tough calls under pressure," the Republican elder statesman said in
a statement. "I believe Hillary Clinton has the wisdom and
experience to lead our country at this critical time."
Scowcroft, 91, served as national security adviser under Presidents
Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush. Ford was president from 1974 to
1977 and Bush from 1989 to 1993.
He joined a number of well-known Republicans defecting due to the
prospect of a Trump presidency, including Richard Armitage, deputy
secretary of state under President George W. Bush.
Armitage gave Clinton, 68, who was secretary of state under
Democratic President Barack Obama, his backing last week. Trump
"doesn't appear to be a Republican, he doesn't appear to want to
learn about issues. So, Iím going to vote for Mrs. Clinton,"
Armitage told Politico at the time.
The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for
comment on Scowcroft's endorsement of Clinton.
Trump, 70, who has never held elected office, often boasts on the
campaign trail his relative newness to politics, appealing to voters
disillusioned by the current political climate.
Despite that facet of his appeal - which helped Trump beat 16 rivals
in the campaign's primary phase to become his party's presumptive
nominee - establishment Republicans worry that his inexperience and
brash style will alienate foreign allies and other international
Among his proposals, Trump has criticized NATO, a cornerstone of
U.S. security policy, and said he would consider letting Japan and
South Korea develop their own nuclear weapons instead of relying on
the United States for protection against North Korea and China.
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Former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft testifies before
the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington
February 1, 2007. REUTERS/Jim Young/File Photo
"Secretary Clinton shares my belief that America must remain the
world's indispensable leader," Scowcroft said. "She understands that
our leadership and engagement beyond our borders makes the world,
and therefore the United States, more secure and prosperous."
Trump has said he would strengthen national security, but has
offered few details about his plans, other than his proposals to
build a wall at the U.S.-Mexican border and for a temporary ban on
Muslims entering the United States.
Many national security experts have expressed alarm over the
proposed ban and have warned that Trumpís fiery rhetoric on the
campaign trail is fueling extremism.
(Reporting by Alana Wise; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)
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