Continuing in the trend of widespread condemnation of Donald Trump from longtime GOP foreign policy and defense officials, a group of several current and former senior Republican officials on Thursday expressed significant concern over their party’s presumptive nominee and his positions regarding Israel. In a letter from GOP national security experts published earlier this week, signatories declared Trump would be “the most reckless president in history.”
Donald Trump would be an unreliable and potentially dangerous ally of Israel as president of the United States, a group of senior Republican national security officials told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday.
“Might Trump be, in some sense, ‘pro-Israel’? I see no reason to believe that this would be the case,” said Aaron Friedberg, former deputy national security adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney and now a professor of international affairs at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School. “He is unsympathetic to other US allies and generally seems to favor a policy of disengagement from various parts of the world, including the Middle East. He talks tough on terrorism but he has put forward no coherent strategy for opposing it, and his openly expressed hostility to Islam could well make the problem worse.”
Friedberg’s name is among fifty signatures on a letter released earlier this week penned by GOP national security experts announcing their opposition to Trump. The signatories claimed that Trump would be “the most reckless president in American history” should he win in November. The letter also accused the New York businessman of “erratic behavior” that renders him unfit to handle the world’s largest nuclear arsenal.
Indeed, many of Trump’s own party’s top foreign policy figures – who have served in the Reagan, H. W. Bush and W. Bush administrations, and who have throughout their careers worked to bolster the US-Israel relationship – question why he would make an exception of the Jewish state, when the most consistent trait that Trump has espoused on foreign policy is unpredictability.