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Joe Biden endorsed, Trump excoriated by nearly 500 retired top military, national security officials

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Biden endorsed by top military, Nearly 500 generals, admirals and former national security officials from both parties endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday, and blasted President Donald Trump as "not equal" to the challenges of the job in a letter released Thursday.

The letter, signed by 489 members of the group called the National Security Leaders for Biden, includes former Obama administration Defense Secretaries Ash Carter, Chuck Hagel and Leon Panetta, along with former Navy Secretary and NASA administrator Sean O'Keefe, who served under both former Presidents George H.W. and George W. Bush. Among the retired senior officers is Air Force Gen. Paul Selva, who until last year was the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Trump.

The signature of a senior official like Selva, with recent, relevant experience advising the Trump White House as the military's second-highest ranking officer, indicates alarm about Trump's fitness as commander in chief, said Michael O'Hanlon, a military analyst at the Brookings Institution. O'Hanlon pointed to revelations in Bob Woodward's new book "Rage" that showed the United States and North Korea were dangerously close to war in 2017. Trump's erratic, "seat of the pants" decision-making has rattled senior military and civilian officials, he said.

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