Donald Trump earned the endorsement of 88 retired generals and admirals in an open letter released Tuesday, as the Republican nominee looks to solidify support in the military community against Hillary Clinton in November.
The Republican nominee’s campaign unveiled the letter, organized by Major Gen. Sidney Shachnow, a 40-year Army veteran and Holocaust survivor, and Rear Admiral Charles Williams, ahead of a speech on veterans affairs in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Shachnow declared that Trump “has the temperament to commander-in-chief,” while Williams called the Republican nominee “more trusted” than Clinton.
In the letter, the retired military leaders warned of the “potentially extremely perilous” combination of budget cuts and policy choices will “emboldened” enemies of the country as a result of those actions.
“That is especially the case if our ‘government’ persists in the practices that have brought us to this present pass,” they wrote in the letter. “For this reason, we support Donald Trump and his commitment to rebuild our military, to secure our borders, to defeat our Islamic supremacist adversaries and restore law and order domestically. We urge our fellow Americans to do the same.”
Trump called the endorsements a “great honor” in a statement released by the campaign. “I thank each of them for their service and their confidence in me to serve as commander-in-chief,” Trump said. “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.”