Republican nominee Donald Trump responded late Monday to a letter from 50 former national security officials who refused to support his campaign by pointing to them as the reason for the country's decline.

"The names on this letter are the ones the American people should look to for answers on why the world is a mess, and we thank them for coming forward so everyone in the country knows who deserves the blame for making the world such a dangerous place," the Trump campaign said in a statement. "They are nothing more than the failed Washington elite looking to hold onto their power, and it's time they are held accountable for their actions."

The billionaire businessman dismissed the "politically motivated letter" that attacked his character, values and experience as an attempt to distract the public from their "disastrous decisions to invade Iraq, allow Americans to die in Benghazi, and they are the ones who allowed the rise of ISIS."

Trump, who has repeatedly used his family members to vouch for his good intentions, said as president, America would no longer be run by a ruling family dynasty, a reference to the Clintons and Bushes.