Donald Trump’s problems inside his own party were compounded Monday when 50 senior national security officials who have served under GOP administrations stretching back to that of Richard Nixon warned he “would be the most reckless president in American history.”
"None of us will vote for Donald Trump," said the letter, in which some of the most influential players in defense policy warned he would be "dangerous" in the Oval Office.
Those who signed include Michael Chertoff and Tom Ridge, both former secretaries of Homeland Security, as well as John Negroponte, who served as director of national intelligence.
Reeling from a cascade of blunders that drove his poll ratings downward, Donald Trump sought to regain his standing Monday by laying out an economic agenda that he portrayed as a prescription for a resurgence of American jobs.
“Americanism, not globalism, will be our new credo,” the Republican presidential nominee said in a carefully worded speech to the Detroit Economic Club.
Trump’s proposals were split between traditional GOP policies -- such as tax cuts and a rollback of federal regulations -- and ideas unpopular with the party’s leadership in Congress, including vast new spending on railways, airports, roads and bridges and a sharp curtailment of free-trade pacts.
Donald Trump faces a new independent conservative challenger as of Monday — a former CIA counter-terrorism officer and until Monday chief policy director on the House Republican Conference.
Evan McMullin, 40, announced his candidacy in a statement to ABC News and is expected to officially file later Monday. He told ABC that he wants to offer an alternative to GOP voters unhappy with Trump. His campaign will consist of people who worked for Better for America, a nonprofit fighting for a third-party option in the 2016 election.
“In a year where Americans have lost faith in the candidates of both major parties, it’s time for a generation of new leadership to step up,” McMullin wrote in a statement. “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.”
More than a week after the end of her nominating convention, Hillary Clinton continues to slowly gain ground in the USC Dornsife/L.A. Times "Daybreak" tracking poll of the election.
Since July 28, the Democratic nominee has gained 5 percentage points in the survey and leads Donald Trump, the Republican nominee, 45%-44%. Trump has lost just over 4 percentage points in the same period.
Clinton's lead, which is well within the survey's margin of error, is smaller than in many other polls released in the last week. That's in part because of the design of the Daybreak poll, which is structured in a way that makes it less susceptible to big swings one way or the other than standard surveys.