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Ava Flores
• Saturday, 14 November, 2020
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He vowed to bring “endless wars” to a close, “rebuild” the fighting forces and compel allies to pay their fair share, saying the U.S. would no longer be “suckers.” A Military Times poll showed that 46% had a favorable view of him at the start of his term, 10 points higher than President Barack Obama had in January 2017.

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One senior officer, who is not authorized to speak publicly, recalled that in his dealings with Trump, the president was surprised to learn the military is apolitical. Moreover, Trump brushed aside a military justice system that found service members guilty of war crimes, granting them pardons.

“This, combined with the fact that he has a tin ear for all things in the civil- military domain, means that Trump did lots of damage to this crucial pillar of the republic.” The “biggest thing,” says O'Connell, who now teaches at the University of Texas, is Trump's pardons for Navy Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher and Army 1st Lt. Clint France.

Trump also tested civilian- military relations by urging that active-duty troops be used to quell street protests following the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police last year. Defense Secretary Mark Ester strongly and publicly opposed such a move, saying it was a job for local police and possibly the National Guard.

“ Trump's willingness to use the military against legitimate protests in America year stands out as particularly significant and damaging,” says Carter Malaysian, a former senior Defense Department official. Michael O'Hanson, a defense analyst at the Brookings Institution, acknowledged he is no Trump fan,” seeing him as “an extremely dangerous commander in chief” and citing his saber rattling and his threatening a war with North Korea.

Todd Harrison, a budget expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, echoed those concerns, calling the shift in funds for the wall one of the “worst legacies” of the Trump years. One retired senior officer who served under three presidents and who asked not to be identified because he still works in government says in the end Trump was someone who in the national security realm was chaotic and transactional, often tweeting policy changes.

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On Afghanistan, Trump was successful in getting a U.S.-Taliban peace deal that would mean the withdrawal of all American troops by this spring, as long as the Taliban agreed to abide by certain conditions, such as breaking with Al-Qaeda and not attacking cities. “It's hard to see how the February 2020 agreement with the Taliban would have come about without Trump's drive to get out, not to detract from Ambassador Malay Khalid's diplomatic skills,” says Malaysian, the former Pentagon official.

Trump ordered reductions in U.S. troop levels from 4,500 to 2,500, even though military officials wanted to maintain that higher number into 2021. Military officials privately acknowledged that the Taliban had failed to meet the conditions called for in the agreement, but it appeared Trump was intent on maintaining a campaign pledge to bring the troops home.

And when acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller made the troop cut announcement in the Pentagon briefing room, he swiftly left without answering any questions. Trump's constant policy by tweet and abrupt decisions, with little deliberation among officials and allies, left others to handle the fallout.

Pelosi said in a statement to colleagues that she spoke with Gen. Mark Miller “to discuss available precautions for preventing an unstable president from initiating military hostilities or accessing the launch codes and ordering a nuclear strike.” She and Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer have called on Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to force Trump from office.

Democrats are discussing whether to act quickly to impeach Trump as soon as next week if his Cabinet doesn’t first try to remove him after he encouraged loyalists who ransacked the Capitol in a siege that has left five people dead. The articles are expected to be introduced on Monday, with a vote as soon as Wednesday, according to a person familiar with the planning and granted anonymity to discuss it.

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If Trump, whose term ends Jan. 20, were to be impeached by the House and convicted by the Senate, he could be prevented from running again in 2024 or ever holding the presidency again. House Democrats planned a caucus meeting at noon Friday, the first since Wednesday’s harrowing events at the Capitol, and could take up articles of impeachment against Trump as early as the week ahead.

Massachusetts Rep. Katherine Clark, a member of House Democratic leadership, said procedural steps could allow lawmakers to move far more quickly than they did on Trump ’s impeachment last year. “The president has disregarded his oath of office,” Sassy told CBS’ “This Morning.” He said what Trump did was “wicked” in inciting the mob.

Pelosi said in a statement to colleagues that she spoke with Gen. Mark Miller “to discuss available precautions for preventing an unstable president from initiating military hostilities or accessing the launch codes and ordering a nuclear strike.” She and Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer have called on Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to force Trump from office.

Democrats are discussing whether to act quickly to impeach Trump as soon as next week if his Cabinet doesn’t first try to remove him after he encouraged loyalists who ransacked the Capitol in a siege that has left five people dead. The articles are expected to be introduced on Monday, with a vote as soon as Wednesday, according to a person familiar with the planning and granted anonymity to discuss it.

If Trump, whose term ends Jan. 20, were to be impeached by the House and convicted by the Senate, he could be prevented from running again in 2024 or ever holding the presidency again. House Democrats planned a caucus meeting at noon Friday, the first since Wednesday’s harrowing events at the Capitol, and could take up articles of impeachment against Trump as early as the week ahead.

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Massachusetts Rep. Katherine Clark, a member of House Democratic leadership, said procedural steps could allow lawmakers to move far more quickly than they did on Trump ’s impeachment last year. “The president has disregarded his oath of office,” Sassy told CBS’ “This Morning.” He said what Trump did was “wicked” in inciting the mob.

But in one measure of the uncomfortable position that Trump ’s goading of the mob had placed Republican lawmakers, there was a noteworthy lack of GOP statements attacking Democrats’ calls for his removal. Personnel changes in the Pentagon's top civilian ranks continued into Tuesday after former Defense Secretary Mark Ester was fired by President Donald Trump.

Three Trump allies stepped into new roles at the Defense Department, officials announced in a lengthy late-afternoon statement. The moves follow Trump's announcement this week that Christopher Miller, the former director of the National Counter terrorism Center, was the new acting defense secretary.

Tata, a controversial Fox News contributor, faced intense scrutiny from lawmakers for comments he made about Islam and former President Barack Obama, whom he called a “terrorist leader.” Cohen-Watnick was the former aide of retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser who admitted to lying to the FBI about conversations with Russia's former ambassador to the U.S.

The Pentagon announced in May that Cohen-Watnick would serve as deputy assistant secretary of defense for counter narcotics and global threats. Now he's the acting undersecretary of defense for intelligence and security, officials announced on Tuesday, after Joseph Kernan resigned from the position -- a move, according to the Pentagon, that was long-planned.

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Patel, who previously worked for California Republican Rep. Devin Tunes, is serving as the defense secretary's chief of staff after Jen Stewart resigned from the position. President Donald Trump has filed lawsuits after losing the 2020 presidential election and refuses to acknowledge the defeat.

A new report claims military leaders have discussed their plan of action if POTUS were to declare martial law toward the last days of his term. “This is really dangerous stuff to start playing with,” Rachel Seinfeld, a national security expert at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace told the Post.

President Donald Trump departs on the South Lawn of the White House, on December 12, 2020, in Washington, DC. Trump is traveling to the Army versus Navy Football Game at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY.

(Photo by Al Drag/Getty Images)Although experts do not believe the unprecedented move is possible, a report claims the military is still preparing for the unknown. According to a Newsweek exclusive story, the Pentagon is on red alert and ranking officers have discussed what they would do if the president decided to declare martial law.

“Though I’m confident that the uniformed military leadership has their heads screwed on right, the craziness is unprecedented and the possibilities are endless.” Despite the Supreme Court dismissing Trump ’s attempts to overturn the results of the election in four states, he insisted “It’s not over,” according to cheerio.

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Various defense leaders from the Pentagon informed Newsweek that the military has no role to play in the outcome of the election.

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