: Republican security experts rail against Trump in open letter - BBC

13:30 Aug. 9, 2016

Republican security experts rail against Trump in open letter - BBC

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers an economic policy speech to the Detroit Economic Club, Aug. 8, 2016, in Detroit (AP Photo)

An open letter signed by 50 Republican national security experts has warned that nominee Donald Trump "would be the most reckless president" in US history

The group, which includes the former CIA director Michael Hayden, said Donald Trump "lacks the character, values and experience" to be president.

Many of the signatories had declined to sign a similar note in March.

In response, Mr Trump said they were part of a "failed Washington elite" looking to hold on to power.

Watch also: Republicans vs Democrats: US elections and their impact on Ukraine

The open letter comes after a number of high-profile Republicans stepped forward to disown the property tycoon. Mr Trump has broken with years of Republican foreign policy on a number of occasions.

The Republican candidate has questioned whether the US should honour its commitments to Nato, endorsed the use of torture and suggested that South Korea and Japan should arm themselves with nuclear weapons. Full story 

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