Dozens of GOP ex-national security officials to form group to back Biden: report

Dozens of former U.S. national security officials from Republican administrations are reportedly forming a group to back former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump denies White House asked about adding him to Mount Rushmore HuffPost reporter: Biden's VP shortlist doesn't suggest progressive economic policies Jill Biden says she plans to continue teaching if she becomes first lady MORE, the presumptive Democratic nominee, in his race against President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump suggests some states may 'pay nothing' as part of unemployment plan Trump denies White House asked about adding him to Mount Rushmore Trump, US face pivotal UN vote on Iran MORE.

The group told Reuters that they plan to formally endorse Biden in the coming weeks, arguing that four more years of Trump is too much of a risk for national security. 

“Trump pals around with dictators. He’s a real danger,” an anonymous source reportedly said.  

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Sources told the wire service that the effort is being spearheaded by John Bellinger III and Ken Wainstein, who both held senior posts under former President George W. Bush. Wainstein served as Bush’s homeland security adviser and as chief of staff to former FBI Director Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE, who led the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The group also includes Robert Blackwill, who served as a foreign policy adviser under both George W. and George H.W. Bush. He was ambassador to India under the younger Bush.

The news comes the same day as former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonEx-Trump adviser, impeachment witness Fiona Hill gets book deal Hannity's first book in 10 years debuts at No. 1 on Amazon Congress has a shot at correcting Trump's central mistake on cybersecurity MORE released his memoir that provides a deeply critical recollection of his time at the White House.

Bolton, who also served under Presidents Reagan and George W. Bush, writes that Trump committed impeachable offenses that House Democrats never investigated, including trying to persuade Chinese President Xi Jinping to buy large amounts of agricultural products to improve his reelection prospects in agricultural states.

Former Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisOvernight Defense: Most VA workers find racism 'moderate to serious problem' at facilities l Trump advisers were wary of talking military options over fears he'd accidentally start war Trump advisers were wary of talking military options over fears he'd accidentally start war: report Trump prizes loyalty over competence — we are seeing the results MORE and former Trump chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE — both retired generals — have recently criticized the president’s response to peaceful protesters. 

The president has described the growing number of “Never Trump" Republicans as “human scum" and has threatened to retaliate politically against those who oppose him.