Eighty-eight retired U.S. generals and admirals have endorsed Republican nominee Donald Trump for president.
The announcement came in the form of an open letter, which was organized by Major General Sidney Shachnow and Rear Admiral Charles Williams. The list of military leaders includes 4 star and 3 star flag officers.
Major General Shachnow, the only Holocaust survivor to become a U.S. General, has served the Green Berets for more than three decades and has been the Commanding General and U.S. Army Special Forces Command Airborne, Ft. Bragg. He also received the prestigious Distinguished Service Medal.
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Rear Admiral Williams was the Commanding Officer of five organizations. He is also the recipient of the Legion of Merit.
Expressing gratitude for the endorsement, Trump said, “It is a great honor to have such amazing support from so many distinguished retired military leaders. I thank each of them for their service and their confidence in me to serve as commander-in-chief. Keeping our nation safe and leading our armed forces is the most important responsibility of the presidency.”
The complete list of military leaders who are supporting Trump, along with the letter in its entirety, can be viewed here.
“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 added. “We can only Make America Great Again if we ensure our military remains the finest fighting force in the world.”
Meanwhile, Trump is ahead of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton by a slight margin of two points. According to a survey, while the business mogul gets 45 percent support Clinton had to contend with 43 percent.
The survey was conducted among a sample of 1,001 adults and includes results from 886 registered voters and 786 likely voters, as reported by CNN.
Ninety-two percent of Democrats support Clinton while 90 percent Republicans back Trump. The equation leans towards Trump when independent voters come into the picture, with 49 percent supporting Trump and 29 percent backing Clinton.