Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump says fifty prominent Republican national security officials won't support him because ''I'm not going to hire these people. I don't want these people.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in Wilmington, North Carolina on Tuesday (August 9) where he acknowledged fifty prominent Republican national security officials who said Trump would be "the most reckless president in American history." "They said 'we can't support Donald Trump.' The reason they can't, you know why, because I'm not going to hire these people. I don't want these people," Trump said. The officials, including a former CIA director, on Monday called party nominee Donald Trump unqualified to lead the country. The statement was the latest repudiation of Trump's candidacy by veteran Republican national security specialists, and was remarkable for the harshness of its language. "Mr. Trump lacks the character, values, and experience to be president. He weakens U.S. moral authority as the leader of the free world. He appears to lack basic knowledge about and belief in the U.S. Constitution, U.S. laws and U.S. institutions, including religious tolerance, freedom of the press, and an independent judiciary," the statement said. During Tuesday's rally, Trump went on to talk about how the war in Iraq and the way Obama pulled troops out. Trump said, "And that's how ISIS happened folks. Hence the birth of ISIS. Congratulations Hillary Clinton. I mean she, she should get- If I'm ISIS, I call her up and I give her the most valuable player award." Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's lead over Republican rival Donald Trump increased to more than 7 percentage points in a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday, from less than 3 points on Thursday.