Trump slams former chief of staff John Kelly for criticizing him and drags Kelly's wife into their feud

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Trump keeps racking up enemies.

Trump slams former chief of staff
John Kelly for criticizing him and
drags Kelly's wife into their feud
President Donald Trump lashed out at his former chief of staff John Kelly in a series of tweets on Thursday after news broke that Kelly had criticized the president's handling of a range of issues, from impeachment to the media.​
"When I terminated John Kelly, which I couldn't do fast enough, he knew full well that he was way over his head. Being Chief of Staff just wasn't for him," Trump tweeted on Thursday morning. "He came in with a bang, went out with a whimper, but like so many X's, he misses the action & just can't keep his mouth shut, which he actually has a military and legal obligation to do."​
Trump claimed that Kelly's wife, Karen Hernest, promised that her husband would "only speak well" of Trump after he left the White House in December 2018.​
"His incredible wife, Karen, who I have a lot of respect for, once pulled me aside & said strongly that 'John respects you greatly. When we are no longer here, he will only speak well of you.' Wrong!" Trump tweeted....​
Kelly, a retired military general, has repeatedly criticized the president in recent weeks, and on Wednesday night he said Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who testified in Trump's impeachment inquiry, "did exactly what we teach them to do" when he reported Trump's "illegal" pressure campaign in Ukraine.​
"We teach them, 'Don't follow an illegal order. And if you're ever given one, you'll raise it to whoever gives it to you that this is an illegal order, and then tell your boss,'" Kelly said, according to The Atlantic.​
Kelly also took issue with Trump's intervention in the case of Eddie Gallagher, the Navy SEAL who was ultimately acquitted of war crimes and whose demotion Trump reversed.​
Kelly said Gallagher, whom Trump has lavishly praised, "was not a guy who represents our military in any way, shape or form."
"The military legal justice system worked; he was found guilty of certain things. He should have been ashamed of himself, and he should have been sent home," Kelly said. "So the idea that the commander in chief intervened there, in my opinion, was exactly the wrong thing to do."
The retired general also went after the president's favorite outlet, Fox News, arguing that the network is politically biased.​
"The media, in my view, and I feel very strongly about this, is not the enemy of the people," he said, according to the Morristown Daily Record. "We need a free media. That said, you have to be careful about what you are watching and reading, because the media has taken sides. So if you only watch Fox News, because it's reinforcing what you believe, you are not an informed citizen."

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CNN writes The Revolt of the Generals!
Kelly's not the only one. They're coming out of the basement:
McChrystal: Trump is both immoral and dishonest.
McRaven: "Through your actions, you have embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and, worst of all, divided us as a nation."
McMaster: Publicly rebukes Trump--I think he's got a book coming out.
Mattis, on the other hand, has stayed silent.

p.s. Have you noticed the last names? "M"s and "Mc"??? Hmmm......
 

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CNN writes The Revolt of the Generals!
Kelly's not the only one. They're coming out of the basement:
McChrystal: Trump is both immoral and dishonest.
McRaven: "Through your actions, you have embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and, worst of all, divided us as a nation."
McMaster: Publicly rebukes Trump--I think he's got a book coming out.
Mattis, on the other hand, has stayed silent.

p.s. Have you noticed the last names? "M"s and "Mc"??? Hmmm......
Yeah, what is with that???

Here's a fantastic article, well worth your time.

...Military officers are sworn to serve whomever voters send to the White House. Cognizant of the special authority they hold, high-level officers epitomize respect for the chain of command, and are extremely reticent about criticizing their civilian overseers. That those I spoke with made an exception in Trump’s case is telling, and much of what they told me is deeply disturbing. In 20 years of writing about the military, I have never heard officers in high positions express such alarm about a president. Trump’s pronouncements and orders have already risked catastrophic and unnecessary wars in the Middle East and Asia, and have created severe problems for field commanders engaged in combat operations. Frequently caught unawares by Trump’s statements, senior military officers have scrambled, in their aftermath, to steer the country away from tragedy. How many times can they successfully do that before faltering?​
Amid threats spanning the globe, from nuclear proliferation to mined tankers in the Persian Gulf to terrorist attacks and cyberwarfare, those in command positions monitor the president’s Twitter feed like field officers scanning the horizon for enemy troop movements. A new front line in national defense has become the White House Situation Room, where the military struggles to accommodate a commander in chief who is both ignorant and capricious. In May, after months of threatening Iran, Trump ordered the carrier group led by the USS Abraham Lincoln to shift from the Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf. On June 20, after an American drone was downed there, he ordered a retaliatory attack—and then called it off minutes before it was to be launched. The next day he said he was “not looking for war” and wanted to talk with Iran’s leaders, while also promising them “obliteration like you’ve never seen before” if they crossed him. He threatened North Korea with “fire and fury” and dispatched a three-aircraft-carrier flotilla to waters off the Korean peninsula—then he pivoted to friendly summits with Kim Jong Un, with whom he announced he was “in love”; canceled long-standing U.S. military exercises with South Korea; and dangled the possibility of withdrawing American forces from the country altogether. While the lovefest continues for the cameras, the U.S. has quietly uncanceled the canceled military exercises, and dropped any mention of a troop withdrawal.​
...The generals I spoke with didn’t agree on everything, but they shared the following five characterizations of Trump’s military leadership.​
I. HE DISDAINS EXPERTISE
II. HE TRUSTS ONLY HIS OWN INSTINCTS
III. HE RESISTS COHERENT STRATEGY
IV. “HE IS REFLEXIVELY CONTRARY”
V. HE HAS A SIMPLISTIC AND ANTIQUATED NOTION OF SOLDIERING


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CNN writes The Revolt of the Generals!
Kelly's not the only one. They're coming out of the basement:
McChrystal: Trump is both immoral and dishonest.
McRaven: "Through your actions, you have embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and, worst of all, divided us as a nation."
McMaster: Publicly rebukes Trump--I think he's got a book coming out.
Mattis, on the other hand, has stayed silent.

p.s. Have you noticed the last names? "M"s and "Mc"??? Hmmm......
Remember what I said about Trump making the wrong kind of enemies? This is just the beginning. After all, he can't fire them.
 
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