National Security Experts Urge Trump to Concede

November 24, 2020by Associated Press Staff
President Donald Trump drives a golf cart as he golfs at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va., Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

More than 100 former national security officials who served in Republican administrations or GOP members of Congress say President Donald Trump’s refusal to concede the election and allow for an orderly transition is a “serious threat” to the homeland and America’s democratic process.

In a signed letter released Monday, the group urged all Republican leaders, including those on Capitol Hill, to publicly demand that Trump “cease his anti-democratic assault on the integrity of the presidential election.”

Trump has refrained from conceding and has faced roadblocks in courts as he has worked to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. Trump’s allegations of widespread conspiracy and fraud have been met with rejection as states move forward with certifying their results.

Among those who signed the letter were: former FBI and CIA director William Webster; former CIA Director Michael Hayden; former National Intelligence Director John Negroponte; and Tom Ridge, the former governor of Pennsylvania who was President George W. Bush’s secretary of homeland security.

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