03/03/2016 11:00 EST | Updated 03/04/2017 00:12 EST

US national security experts issue warning on Trump

WASHINGTON — Dozens of conservative national security experts are warning that Donald Trump is unfit to be U.S. commander in chief.

Former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and more than 70 others say they're united in their opposition to a Trump presidency.

They say Republican front-runner Trump's "embrace of the expansive use of torture" is inexcusable. They also object to what they say is Trump's "hateful, anti-Muslim rhetoric" and his advocacy for waging trade wars.

The letter says Trump's vision of "American influence and power in the world is wildly inconsistent and unmoored in principle."

Among the experts who signed on Frances Townsend, homeland security and counterterrorism adviser to President George W. Bush; Eliot Cohen, a former counsellor to the State Department; and Dov Zakheim, a former Pentagon comptroller.

The Associated Press