Fifty Republican national security experts have
signed an open letter warning that Donald Trump
“would be the most reckless president” in US
The group, which includes the former CIA director
Michael Hayden, says Mr Trump “lacks the
character, values and experience” to lead the
The letter states: “None of us will vote for Donald
It comes as a little-known former CIA counter-
terrorism officer announced he is to run for
president against Mr Trump.
Evan McMullin is reportedly being put forward as a
third-party conservative alternative by Republicans
disillusioned with their party’s candidate for
November’s White House election.
Like Mr Trump, the 40-year-old Mormon has never
held elected office, but unlike Mr Trump he is
completely unknown to American voters.
He has worked in Congress since 2013, according
to a LinkedIn profile.
The House Republican Conference said in a
statement he is no longer employed there.
Mr McMullin previously spent 11 years as an
operations officer for the Central Intelligence
Agency, according to reports.
He said in a statement on his campaign Facebook
page : “It’s never too late to do the right thing, and
America deserves much better than either Donald
Trump or Hillary Clinton can offer us.
“I humbly offer myself as a leader who can give
millions of disaffected Americans a better choice
Mr McMullin had been a fierce critic of Mr Trump
on social media, saying that opposing the
businessman is about “putting principle over
“Authoritarians like @realDonaldTrump use
promises of law & order to justify infringing on civil
rights as they consolidate control by force,” he
posted on 21 July, according to his unverified
His candidacy underlines how the Never Trump
diehards are still trying to derail the campaign of
their own party’s standard-bearer, barely three
months before voting day.
Mr McMullin is seen as having zero chance of
succeeding President Barack Obama in the White
He has already missed the deadline to get on the
ballot in Texas, North Carolina, Illinois and Florida.
It seems the very best he could hope for would be
to peel away a few votes from Mr Trump in a
handful of states.
But his campaign could also backfire, uniting
Republicans against a third-party candidate who
might ultimately serve to boost Democratic
candidate Hillary Clinton.
Meanwhile, at a speech in Detroit, Michigan, Mr
Trump was putting some flesh on his economic
He said no business should pay more than 15% of
income in taxes.
Mr Trump also proposed allowing parents to fully
deduct the average cost of childcare from their
He proposed, too, cutting the top rate of federal
income tax to 33% from 39.6%.
Mr Trump is planning to introduce a slew of new
policy proposals in the coming weeks in an effort
to steady a campaign that appears to have been