Donald Trump Running Military to ‘Serve Interests’ of Fox News: Experts

Donald Trump Running Military to ‘Serve Interests’ of Fox News: Experts

National security experts have actually said President Donald Trump is making military decisions as Commander-in-Chief based upon what he sees on Fox News instead of keeping “excellent order and discipline” in the country.

Speaking on The Circumstance Space, CNN’s nationwide security analyst Susan Hennessey slammed Trump’s handling of the Edward Gallagher fallout, which ultimately led to the forced resignation of Navy Secretary Richard Spencer.

Fellow CNN nationwide security expert Sam Vinograd suggested that Trump was taking hints from Fox News pundits, instead of consulting his cabinet and official advisors.

Spencer resigned following continuous intervention from Trump when it comes to Gallagher, a Navy SEAL chief petty officer who was implicated of numerous war crimes in Iraq, including premeditated murder. Gallagher was benched after being convicted of presenting with the corpse of an Islamic State fighter. His rank was then restored by the president. Trump also stepped in to prevent the Defense Department from holding a disciplinary hearing which might have seen Gallagher removed of his SEAL Unique Warfare insignia, the Trident pin.

In a scathing viewpoint piece for The Washington Post, Spencer struck out at Trump’s ” stunning and extraordinary” intervention, adding he believed the president’s interest in the event originated from how the “defendant’s attorneys and others had actually worked to keep it front and center in the media.”

” It was likewise a tip that the president has really little understanding of what it means to be in the military, to combat ethically or to be governed by an uniform set of guidelines and practices,” Spencer included.

Talking about the column, Hennessey said it is clear that Trump is not discharging his constitutional powers to serve the interest of the country, however since of his political interests and “what he sees on Fox and Friends … because he’s captivated by a specific story.”

Hennessey said: “Bear in mind that Gallagher’s own men, his fellow sailors, really turned him in. He’s implicated of in fact threatening them for doing so. These are people who risk their professions due to the fact that they saw someone who they thought was doing something incorrect, was breaking the law.

” People like [Defense Secretary Mark] Esper and Spencer require to be worried about what message this sends to members of the military who want to do the best thing and see other people doing the wrong thing. Is this going to send out the message that you should simply turn the other method and pretend as though you aren’t seeing the kind of severe abuse that Gallagher is accused of?”

Visitor host Jim Acosta mentioned that the “front and center in the media” line from Spencer’s column was a clear recommendation to Fox News. “It seems to be yet another glaring example of this sort of cooperative relationship in between the president and his preferred network over at Fox, and how they can impact nationwide security decisions, military justice choices,” he said.

CNN nationwide security expert Sam Vinograd concurred: “It’s one thing for Fox experts to use their opinions, let’s say on Gallagher’s case. It is another thing for the president of the United States to make choices based upon those experts’ opinions and not the opinions of his secretary of the Navy, members of his cabinet, or people that swear an oath to promote the Constitution. The fault here to me lies less with Fox News and more with the president.”

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President Donald Trump speaks to members of the US military throughout an unannounced journey to Al Asad Air Base in Iraq, December 26,2018 .

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