A study of former military authorities and defense experts discovers wide support for Hillary Clinton and a profound suspicion of Donald Trump, even among Republicans.
The information gave to by Capital Point, a Washington-based research firm, observes that top military experts — Republicans and Democrats alike — are frightened by the possibility of Trump taking care of the nation’s foreign affairs from the White House.
Capital Point interviewed with 100 high-ranking former military authorities and national security specialists, selecting 50 Republicans and 50 Democrats.
On the topic of which nominee is more met all requirements to manage foreign policy issues, all 100 chose Clinton.
“Trump shows ignorance by threatening to destroy seven decades of alliances,” one Republican said. “Four years as Secretary of State alone makes her more qualified plus several years on Senate Armed Services Committee.”
Numerous Republicans interviewed for the survey — they were permitted to remark anonymously to encourage candor — expressed worry with the Democratic candidate’s judgment and record in a few regions of the world.
Well, all said that she would make a far better president than Trump.
“While Clinton has made a number of missteps in her time as Secretary of State, overall she did an excellent job and has a firm grounding in the threats facing the United States, as well as how to deal with them (e.g., putting additional pressure on Iran through sanctions to combat its support for terrorism),” said another Republican.
“Trump, in contrast, does not seem to have a firm grasp of the nature of the threats facing the United States, in particular, Russia.”
The GOP candidate has over and again been stung by prominent GOP defections, including by military leaders and former administration officials from both Bush presidencies.
The former defense officials studied by Capital Partners didn’t just express restriction to Trump; they additionally praised Clinton as having the information to handle confounding issues in touchy parts of the world.
“Clinton is well-versed in national security issues. Trump is a neophyte,” said one Republican. “Trump argues we can deal with [Russian President Vladimir] Putin as a healthy partner, believes China should handle North Korea, wishes to exacerbate China’s aggressive behavior in a trade war, believes Brexit is good for Europe, wants to walk away from nation-building.”
Seventy-one percent of Republicans interviewed by Capital Point said Clinton would be compelling in constraining Russia’s hostility against neighboring countries, contrasted with just 7 percent who said the same of Trump.
Seventy-three percent of Republicans said they trust Clinton to handle the North Korean atomic threat, contrasted and 7 percent for Trump.
What’s more, 71 percent of Republicans said Clinton could be trusted to fittingly draw in with China over the country’s venture into the South China Sea, and 14 percent said the same of Trump.
“Clinton’s comments as Secretary of State on China’s behavior in the South China Sea raised the profile of the issue among the international community, she deserves credit for a gutsy diplomatic move,” one Republican said. “Trump is a con artist and a clown, nothing else.”
Clinton scored more awful among Republicans on the topic of combating the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, with just 50 percent expressing trust in her. That was Trump’s best question, yet he still just scored 21 percent endorsement among Republicans in the survey.
Clinton scored worse among Republicans on the question of fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, with only 50 percent. That was Trump’s best question, but he still only scored 21 percent approval among Republicans in the poll.
“I have little confidence in either candidate; however, one scares me less than the other,” a Republican said. “It’s too obvious for words.”
The former defense officials were solicited to review the quality from military ability they trust every competitor would pull into their administration. Clinton got a “B” from Republicans, and Trump got a “D.”
Also, they were asked where the candidates rank in outside approach mastery contrasted with past presidents. Republicans place Clinton in the top portion of all presidents, while Trump was in the last 10 percent.
“Trump has zero experience, zero credentials, and from much (not all) of what he says, he shows every sign of being a presidential disaster,” one Republican said.