“I’ve seen an insurgency on our constitutional rights,” says retired Admiral Paul Zukunft, who was Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard until 2018. He’s endorsing Joe Biden for president, because of the changes he’s witnessed in America under Donald Trump’s leadership. He’s one of nearly 200 retired admirals and generals who joined other National Security leaders including former defense secretaries and ambassadors.
Zukunft told Politico he was supporting Joe Biden for president because he believes the nation ahs suffered under Donald Trump. He cited a long list of reason and examples, including Trump appearing to “grow bored” while being briefed by a Navy admiral and an Air Force general. He said that when he was given an opportunity to speak, he flattered the president — and after that, Trump was paying attention and agreed to provide the ships the Coast Guard was requesting.
Another concern for Zukunft was Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord without offering other solutions, which he says hurt America’s standing in the world. He also worried about Trump’s decision to ban transgender individuals from military service, as a military leader himself, in a position to see the effect of this decision on enlisted personnel.
Military News reports that 22 retired 4-star generals and admirals are among the 489 security leaders who denounced Trump in the letter, which states, in part:
The current President has demonstrated he is not equal to the enormous responsibilities of his office; he cannot rise to meet challenges large or small. Thanks to his disdainful attitude and his failures, our allies no longer trust or respect us, and our enemies no longer fear us.
When asked about the letter, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany dodged, merely saying that the president’s record speaks for itself.
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