Categories for Military

27,317. 8/11/2019

MILITARY/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Many incredible things are happening right now for our Country. After years of being ripped off by other nations on both Trade Deals and the Military, things are changing fast. Big progress is being made. America is respected again. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 11, 2019 4:42 pm

27,290. 8/8/2019

MILITARY/NATIONAL SECURITY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….career in the military, retiring from the U.S. Navy in 2010. He commanded at every level, including the Naval Special Warfare Command. He has also served as a National Security Fellow at Harvard University. I have no doubt he will do a great job!” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 8, 2019 6:12 pm

27,250. 8/7/2019

MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Today, we honor all of our Country’s Purple Heart recipients, their loved ones, and our Gold Star Families for their immeasurable sacrifice. These American Patriots represent the unyielding and unmatched strength and determination of the U.S. Armed Forces: https://t.co/EVhPJD5azu https://t.co/fcQMg9JI4q

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 7, 2019 9:46 am

27,242. 8/7/2019

MILITARY/SOUTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “…Talks have begun to further increase payments to the United States. South Korea is a very wealthy nation that now feels an obligation to contribute to the military defense provided by the United States of America. The relationship between the two countries is a very good one!” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 7, 2019 5:21 am

27,123. 8/1/2019

IRAN/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Retired Adm. William McRaven, a former Navy SEAL who led US Joint Special Operations Command from 2011 to 2014, said Thursday [8-1-19] that he has serious doubts about President Donald Trump’s claim that he called off retaliatory strikes on Iran at the last minute because that is when he learned there would be casualties…McRaven, who oversaw the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden, told reporters that he was ultimately happy with the President’s last moment decision not to carry out the strikes after the downing of a US drone in June and agreed it would not have been a proportional response. However, the retired admiral made it clear that he found it ‘hard to believe’ Trump stopped the strike at the last minute upon learning that there would be casualties. Drawing on his experience in similar situations, McRaven said the casualty count is typically part of the detailed briefing given to the president and national security adviser when they first request military options.”

Zachary Cohen, “Architect of bin Laden raid doubts Trump’s account of why he called off Iran strikes at last minute,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, August 1, 2019 9:00 pm

27,122. 8/1/2019

AFGHANISTAN/MILITARY/NATO/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WAR: “The Trump administration is in the midst of carrying out a dramatic scaling back of the US embassy in Afghanistan, with the goal of cutting half of the embassy’s personnel by the end of September, according to five sources familiar with the matter. The diplomatic draw down comes as the US is hopeful that a peace deal will be reached with the Taliban that would pave the way to reduce the number of US troops in the country from approximately 14,000 to between 8,000 and 9,000 in the coming months, according to two sources familiar with the negotiations. The goal of the troop reduction had been relayed to the Afghan government by Gen. Scott Miller, the head of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, and US Special Eepresentative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad. As part of the diplomatic scale back, the State Department is sending home diplomats from Kabul without replacements, cutting back on security personnel, closing some facilities and cancelling proposals to build additional structures like new apartments for embassy personnel.”

Kylie Atwood, “US scaling back Afghanistan embassy at crucial moment in peace talks,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, August 1, 2019 8:50 pm

27,077. 7/31/2019

MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….to information that may have been obtained from opposing lawyers and for giving immunity in a totally incompetent fashion. I have directed the Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer & Chief of Naval Operations John Richardson to immediately withdraw and rescind the awards….”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 31, 2019 2:58 pm

27,076. 7/31/2019

MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Prosecutors who lost the case against SEAL Eddie Gallagher (who I released from solitary confinement so he could fight his case properly), were ridiculously given a Navy Achievement Medal. Not only did they lose the case, they had difficulty with respect….”

-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 31, 2019 2:58 pm

27,075. 7/31/2019

MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Prosecutors who lost the case against SEAL Eddie Gallagher (who I released from solitary confinement so he could fight his case properly), were ridiculously given a Navy Achievement Medal….”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 31, 2019 2:56 pm

27,074. 7/31/2019

MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “….I have directed the Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer and Chief of Naval OperationsJohn Richardson to immediately withdraw and rescind the awards. I am very happy for Eddie Gallagher and his family!” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 31, 2019 2:56 pm

27,073. 7/31/2019

MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….Not only did they lose the case, they had difficulty with respect to information that may have been obtained from opposing lawyers and for giving immunity in a totally incompetent fashion….”

-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 31, 2019 2:56 pm

27,058. 7/31/2019

LEGAL/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WAR: “President Trump intervened Tuesday [7-30-19] once again on behalf of a Navy SEAL who was charged but acquitted of war crimes in the death of a captured Islamic State fighter in Iraq, ordering the military to punish the prosecutors who tried the case in the first place. Mr. Trump angrily lashed out at the Navy for awarding commendations to prosecutors in the murder trial of Edward Gallagher, a former special operations chief, and he publicly instructed Pentagon officials to strip them of the medals. His announcement was a remarkable rebuke by a president of his own Navy leadership…Chief Gallagher’s case had become a cause célèbre among Republican lawmakers and the conservative news media, eventually drawing the attention of Mr. Trump, who spoke out on his behalf. In March, the president said that he would order the chief be moved to less restrictive pretrial confinement in honor of his service to his country. Chief Gallagher was turned in by members of his own SEAL platoon, who accused him of stabbing a captured and wounded teenage fighter repeatedly in the neck with a custom hunting knife in 2017.”

Peter Baker, “Trump Orders Navy to Strip Medals From Prosecutors in War Crimes Trial,” The New York Times online, July 31, 2019

27,038. 7/30/2019

ARMS-WEAPONS/CHINA/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Lawmakers in Congress from both political parties have accused the Trump administration of delaying an $8 billion sale of F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan, the self-governing democratic island off the coast of China that is supported by the United States. Chinese officials have said they object strongly to the sale of 66 jets requested by Taiwan, which would be by far the largest such purchase by its government in many years. Lawmakers are now questioning whether the Trump administration is delaying approval of the sale, either to avoid upsetting Beijing while delicate trade negotiations are underway or to use it as a bargaining chip. Any such move by the administration would ignite intense bipartisan opposition in Congress…Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Robert Lighthizer, the United States trade representative, arrived in Shanghai on Tuesday to meet with Chinese negotiators. President Trump and President Xi Jinping of China agreed to restart talks during a meeting on June 29 in Osaka, Japan.”

Edward Wong and Eric Schmitt, “Lawmakers Accuse Trump and Aides of Delaying F-16 Sales to Taiwan,” The New York Times online, July 30, 2019

26,964. 7/27/2019

MILITARY/SUPREME COURT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WALL: “Such a big victory of our Country! ‘Supreme Court approves Trump Administration plan to use Military Funds for the Wall.’ @FoxNews We will be fully reimbursed for this expenditure, over time, by other countries.”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 27, 2019 3:51 pm

26,922. 7/25/2019

MILITARY/NOMINATIONS/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Senate Thursday [7-25-19] overwhelmingly voted 89 to 1 to confirm President Donald Trump’s pick to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley. Milley is currently serving as chief of staff of the Army…The chairman is the highest-ranking military officer in the country and serves as the principal military adviser to the President. The lone dissenting senator was Democrat Jeff Merkley of Oregon. A spokesman for Merkley told CNN that the senator ‘was concerned by Gen. Milley’s stated support for building up the US’s nuclear arsenal and deployments’ and ‘voted no accordingly.’ The current chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Gen. Joseph Dunford, who took on the role in 2015, is expected to serve out the remainder of his term which will finish at the end of September…Trump took the unusual step of announcing his pick to replace Dunford on Twitter back in December, nearly a year before the end of his term.”

Ryan Browne, “Senate confirms Gen. Mark Milley as next chairman of the Joint Chiefs,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, July 25, 2019 5:09 pm

26,904. 7/25/2019

MILITARY/NANCY PELOSI/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @senatemajldr: The agreement between the Administration and Speaker Pelosi continues to fund the military at appropriate levels, contain…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 25, 2019 6:10 am

26,838. 7/23/2019

BUDGET/DEMS/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Budget Deal gives great victories to our Military and Vets, keeps out Democrat poison pill riders. Republicans and Democrats in Congress need to act ASAP and support this deal.” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 23, 2019 5:33 pm

26,837. 7/23/2019

MILITARY/TRUMP PEOPLE: “I was saddened to learn of the recent passing of Bob Morgenthau, a truly great man! Bob served as a Naval Officer in World War II, was an extraordinary US Attorney, Manhattan District Attorney, and always a warrior for our Country that he loved so dearly….”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 23, 2019 1:43 pm

26,826. 7/23/2019

DEMS/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….Best and Newest Military (almost totally rebuilt from the depleted military I took over) in History, Best V.A. in History (Choice), and MUCH, MUCH MORE. Gee, let’s impeach the President. The ‘Squad’ (AOC Plus 3) and other Dems suffer from Trump Derangement Syndrome. Crazy!” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 23, 2019 6:25 am

26,811. 7/22/2019

MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VETS: “….This was a real compromise in order to give another big victory to our Great Military and Vets!” 

-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 22, 2019 4:44 pm

26,783. 7/21/2019

MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “I will help Angel Mom (and great woman) Mary Ann Mendoza with Twitter. I know Mary Ann from the beginning, and she should never be silenced. She is a winner who has lost so much, her child. Twitter, if you’re watching, please do what you have to do, NOW! @foxandfriends”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 21, 2019 5:40 am

26,766. 7/20/2019

MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WOMEN: “RT @pulte: Pulte awards President Trump’s retweet Recipient, a Female Combat Veteran and Single Mom, with $30,000 ($20k Brand New Car!) and…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 20, 2019 6:12 am

26,738. 7/19/2019

DEFENSE/MILITARY/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Saudi Arabia’s King Salman approved hosting U.S. forces in the country to boost regional security and stability, the state news agency (SPA) reported on Friday [7-19-19]. The U.S. Defense Department confirmed the move in a statement, saying it would deploy troops and resources to Saudi Arabia to ‘provide an additional deterrent’ in the face of ‘emergent, credible threats.’ The gesture comes amid rising tensions between Washington and Tehran in the Gulf that have impacted global oil markets. [O/R] On Friday, Iran said it had seized a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz, but denied Washington’s assertion that the U.S. Navy had downed an Iranian drone nearby earlier this week. The decision on hosting U.S. forces aims ‘to increase joint cooperation in defence of regional security and stability and to preserve its peace’ SPA said, quoting a Ministry of Defence official, without giving further details.”

Reuters Staff, “Saudi king approves hosting U.S. troops to enhance regional security: SPA,” Reuters, July 19, 2019 3:44 pm

26,707. 7/18/2019

IRAN/MIDDLE EAST/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “U.S. forces downed an Iranian drone that approached a Navy warship in the Middle East on Thursday [7-18-19], stoking fears that the two countries will fall into a military confrontation even as they both seek diplomatic openings with each other. President Donald Trump said the unmanned aircraft ‘had closed into a very, very near distance, approximately 1,000 yards’ of the U.S.S. Boxer, an amphibious assault ship, in the strategically critical waterway known as the Strait of Hormuz. The incident occurred weeks after Iran brought down a U.S. drone in the region. The event underscores the complex challenges facing Trump: He’s trying to entice Iran to the negotiating table to discuss its nuclear program, while also pushing back against Tehran’s dangerous behavior in the region. Trump is seeking an agreement to curb Iran’s activities after abandoning a 2015 nuclear deal with the country that he said was too limited. So far, however, tensions have only escalated between the two countries, and no new deal is in sight.”

Nahal Toosi and Caitlin Oprysko, “Drone downing imperils Trump’s Iran outreach,” Politico, July 18, 2019 7:18 pm

26,698. 7/18/2019

MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Today, on behalf of the American people, I received an American flag that flew aboard a ship carrying the first waves of U.S. Service Members to land in Normandy…https://t.co/f1fLTAj0We

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 18, 2019 3:35 pm