Donald J. Trump has NEVER been a company man….
That is a 180 from the way America’s military works…..
There IS trouble brewing in the tug of war between the commander in chief and his military bosses that has repercussions for the services and American foreign affairs….
President Donald Trump came into office vowing to unshackle his military commanders from years of Obama-era micromanagement. But now he’s facing a rupture with his Pentagon leaders after steamrolling them on a series of decisions — from Mideast troop movements and the use of military funds for a border wall to disciplinary actions involving individual commandos.
Even before Navy Secretary Richard Spencer’s forced ouster this weekend, a handful of the Pentagon’s highest-ranking officials have been debating just when they would feel compelled to resign over what they see as Trump’s disregard for the chain of command, two current senior officials told POLITICO in recent days. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss internal deliberations.
“There’s a sense of dejection by senior leaders in the Pentagon, that the president and the secretary of defense are going to side with the loudmouths at Fox News against the reasoned opposition of senior military professionals,” said another Pentagon official with direct knowledge of high-level discussions. “That’s the sense in a nutshell.”
Trump’s commanders have found various ways to cope with his missives, which he’s often delivered via tweet — most dramatically in the case of former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who resigned in December after the president ordered a total pullout from Syria. Now Pentagon-watchers are curious about the fate of Rear Adm. Collin Green, the commander of the Naval Special Warfare Command overseeing the elite SEALs, to see if he will follow Spencer out the door.
Like Spencer, Green had supported a planned disciplinary review that could have led to the Navy ousting Gallagher from the SEALs — a process that Esper canceled after Trump intervened.
Gallagher “will retire from active duty,” according to Navy spokesperson Cmdr. Clay Doss. “We will not provide additional details due to privacy concerns.”….
While Trump has won the current battle with a Navy brass over Navy SEAL Gallagher?
He has lost the over battle….
Gallagher’s days as SEAL are over…
His name is soiled…
The Navy does NOT want him, no matter what Trump wants….