Fifty aides and Cabinet members of past GOP administrations penned a letter on Monday saying that Trump “would be the most reckless president in American history” and urging the Republican National Committee to focus on down-ballot candidates.
In a radio interview with John Catsimatidis on Sunday, Manafort accused them of having ties to Hillary Clinton and claimed that they are not true Republicans.
“A lot of them have connections to the Clinton Foundation, and have gotten contracts over the last several years to do work for the Clinton Foundation or some of its subsidiaries,” Manafort said. “So it is far from an objective group, it is far from a Republican group and it is part of the establishment that Donald Trump is running against.”
Some of the more prominent officials who signed the letter include former CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden; Michael Chertoff, former Secretary of Homeland Security for George W. Bush and President Obama; John Negroponte, former director of national intelligence under Bush and Tom Ridge, former homeland security director under Bush as well as former governor of the battleground state of Pennsylvania.