Weeks before the Republican national convention, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has undercut rival Donald Trump’s base by gaining the support of many in the GOP foreign-policy braintrust.
reports that two top officials in George W. Bush’s State Department will vote for Clinton this fall: Stanford University professor and former State Department director of policy planning Stephen Krasner, and his successor at State, David Gordon, now a senior adviser at the Eurasia Group.
"As unpleasant as it may be to accept, there is now only one presidential candidate who could abandon Obama's defining foreign accomplishment, challenge the Islamic Republic's regional ambitions, and destroy the caliphate of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: former secretary of state Hillary Clinton," former CIA case officer Reuel Marc Gerecht, now a prominent neoconservative, recently wrote in The Weekly Standard
"Not only am I not voting for Donald Trump, but also I am not voting for any Republican who endorsed or supported Trump — be it for Senate, House, alderman, or county clerk. And yes, I will vote for Clinton, simply because to not vote, or to vote Libertarian, would be a half-vote for Trump," former Reagan official Kenneth Adelman told The Daily Beast
"If Donald Trump is the nominee, I would vote for Hillary Clinton," Richard Armitage, George W. Bush’s former deputy secretary of state, told Politico
. Referring to Trump, Armitage said: "He doesn't appear to be a Republican, he doesn't appear to want to learn about issues. So, I’m going to vote for Mrs. Clinton."
Back in April, Trump touted the support of famed diplomat Henry Kissinger, though he carefully avoided mentioning him by name, claiming to be friends with him, and that his ideas won over Richard M. Nixon’s Secretary of State.
According to Time
, however, Kissinger disagrees.
"On foreign policy, you identify many key problems," Kissinger said of Trump. "I do not generally agree with the solutions. One-shot outcomes are probably not possible."
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