Many people became worried when Donald Trump started filling his cabinet with generals; two retired and one that was currently serving. Normally when a slew of generals are brought into an administration it means the leader is going to try something wonky, like taking over the country and removing democracy. Sort of like that little guy with the silly mustache did in Germany during the 1930s… (no Godwin rule here folks – I didn’t say the name).
It is quickly becoming evident that Trump underestimated the true patriotism of this particular group of generals though. They are far from being the “Yes” men he thought he was signing on. The developments over the last several weeks have been telling indeed.
Trump recently replaced the fired (or did he resign?) White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus with retired general John Kelly, who had been serving as the Director of Homeland Security. Kelly immediately set out on a mission to gain some military order and discipline in the Trump administration by ousting Anthony Scaramucci after a quick stint as White House communications director. His next personal mission was reportedly to reign in the Twitler-in-Chief’s phone usage. That clearly didn’t work out so well for him.
Trump tweeted out a three-part missive declaring that the military would no longer allow transgender troops. Period. End of discussion? Not quite. Although Trump stated that he had discussed the move with ‘his generals’ none of them confirmed any such communication. In fact, they adamantly came out in droves to deny it. Secretary of Defense James Mattis put out a formal statement last Tuesday blocking the order from taking effect until the matter is studied more thoroughly.
— paul cicchini (@epcicchini) August 30, 2017
Then there was that whole mess in Charlottesville, as reported by Vox:
The chiefs of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and National Guard have put out statements condemning racism and other forms of hatred in response to Charlottesville.
The rumors are flying that Trump is preparing to fire both National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who is also at odds with the pretender-in-chief.
As the conflicts in the White House intensify, it will be interesting to watch what the unpredictable (because he is a raving lunatic) Trump does next. There has been little reason and no rhyme to any decision he has made since winning the election last November.
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