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Darren X Hughes, left, of the Spokane Valley Veterans of Foreign Wars, hands out "Veterans for Trump" signs before the start of a rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Spokane, Wash., Saturday, May 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

88 retired generals and admirals write letter supporting Trump



On Monday, 88 retired generals and admirals threw their support behind Donald Trump in an open letter released by the GOP nominee's campaign. 

The former military leaders wrote, "we support Donald Trump and his commitment to rebuild our military, to secure our borders, to defeat our Islamic supremacist adversaries and restore law and order domestically. We urge our fellow Americans to do the same."

Trump unlike Hillary Clinton, who was Secretary of State, does not have extensive foreign policy experience. 

"The 2016 election affords the American people an urgently needed opportunity to make a long-overdue course correction in our national security posture and policy," the retired military leaders wrote. "As retired senior leaders of America's military, we believe that such a change can only be made by someone who has not been deeply involved with, and substantially responsible for, the hollowing out of our military and the burgeoning threats facing our country around the world. For this reason, we support Donald Trump's candidacy to be our next Commander-in-Chief.

Trump's campaign is touting the letter.

It is a great honor to have such amazing support from so many distinguished retired military leaders.

In a statement, Trump said, "It is a great honor to have such amazing support from so many distinguished retired military leaders."

Many of Trump's foreign policy positions go against Republican orthodoxy. He told the New York Times that the U.S. "cannot be the policeman of the world."

He has said that he does not believe in nation building and has bragged about his opposition to the Iraq war.

Additionally, Trump has also said he might not support NATO or having American military bases in allied countries. And once claimed that he knows, "more about ISIS than the generals do."

These positions have alarmed many Republicans.

However, Clinton is not without her own detractors when it comes to foreign policy. In the primary, she was attacked for voting in support of the Iraq War, though she has said that the vote was a mistake. Her time as Secretary of State has also opened her up to attacks, most notably over the Russian Reset, the Arab Spring, and Benghazi.

On Monday, Clinton, not to be outdone by Trump, released an ad bashing Trump for his views of veterans. The ad will air this week nationally on cable as well as locally in Florida, Iowa, Ohio, Nevada and Pennsylvania.

Clinton's tweet showing the ad.

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