Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has gained support from 88 retired military leaders, the campaign announced on Tuesday, including fourteen 3-star and four 4-star flag officers.
The retired military leaders signed an open letter endorsing the candidate. Major General Sidney Shachnow and Rear Admiral Charles Williams organized the letter.
Trump called the endorsement a “great honor” and thanked each of them for their service. The Republican nominee said leading the nation’s armed forces and keeping the country safe were the most important responsibilities of the president.
“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,” Trump said in a statement released by his campaign.
Major General Sidney Shachnow, a Holocaust survivor, is a 40-year Army veteran, and spent 32 years serving with the Green Berets.
“He has the temperament to be commander-in-chief,” Shachnow said.
In the open letter, the retired military leaders say “America’s armed forces have been subjected to a series of ill-considered and debilitating budget cuts, policy choices and combat operations that have left the superb men and women in uniform less capable of performing their vital missions.”
The letter’s signees also state that they support Trump in his pledge to rebuild the military, defeat ISIS, secure the U.S.’s borders and “restore law and order domestically.”