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With a month left until the elections in November, many more public figures are publicly announcing who they will be voting for between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. Biden’s latest endorsement now comes from even more Republicans, who previously worked as National Security officials.
Reuters reports that Biden is being endorsed by the group Former Republican National Security Officials for Biden, which was launched back in August with 70 members. They are the latest group to join other Republican-formed groups to voice their support for the Democratic candidate and break away from Trump. As of now, almost 130 Republican officials have now publicly broken away from Trump and his administration, including seven who served under Trump as well.
Other former officials involved have previously served under Reagan, George W. Bush, and George H.W. Bush administrations.
Officials included in the endorsement of Biden are former FBI assistant director Greg Bower, former CIA chief of staff Larry Pfeiffer, and former Deputy Director of National Intelligence Alden Munson. They will start running full-page print ads on newspapers on Thursday in the seven swing states that Biden needs to secure a win, according to people who are knowledgeable in the matter. They will also air tv ads during Fox & Friends, a network Trump frequents.
Another member of the National Security group, Elizabeth Neumann, who served in the Trump administration as an assistant secretary for threat prevention in the Department of Homeland Security, noted Trump’s refusal to condemn white supremacist groups during the debate reinforced their belief that he must not get re-elected. “He has an inability to clearly condemn white supremacists. He either likes the ambiguity or he’s intentionally endorsing these people. He’s unfit, and I think he’s extremely dangerous.”
Foreign policy is another aspect that Biden will tackle should he defeat Trump in November. This is why many countries, both allies, as well as adversaries, are keeping tabs on what is happening as whoever would win the election would have its effects on other countries. For people in the United Kingdom, they are wondering what a Biden presidency would mean for Britain, post-Brexit.
According to the Yale School of Management’s Ian Shapiro, things are still unclear what might happen with trade between the US and the UK regardless of the result. However, there is a possibility that Biden may return to the Obama administration’s focus towards the East, rather than negotiating a trade deal with the UK.
A UK Conservative adviser also weighed in, saying that a Biden administration may make things simpler for the United Kingdom.