One Likely Accurate Conclusion: The President Lied When He Said He Had Consulted With His Generals
The heads of the branches of the U.S. military were “blindsided” by PresidentÂ Donald Trump’s tweets announcing a total ban on an estimated 15,000 service members who are transgender.
“One of the heads of the military branches was informed by a staffer of the President’s tweets on transgender policy and had no idea it was coming,”Â CNN reports, citing aÂ U.S. defense official.Â
CNN does note that a “US official told CNN that [Defense Secretary James]Â Mattis was consulted on Trump’s plan to announce a transgender military ban.” Mattis (photo: right) is currently on vacation.
The Secretary of Defense is not a general; the position is by law a civilian one.Â
CNN also posted this tweet, effectively questioning the honesty of Trump’s tweet:
â€” CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) July 27, 2017
Late Thursday morning ReutersÂ broke a story quoting the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who said in a memo that there will be no changes to U.S. policy on transgender service membersÂ until he receives explicit direction from the Commander-in-Chief.Â
Also late Thursday morning,Â USA TODAYÂ reportedÂ Vice Admiral Robert Burke, theÂ Chief of Naval Personnel, sent an email stating transgender service members can continue on as usual, at least for now.
USA TODAY obtained the email and reports theÂ “Navy will not immediately discharge transgender sailors and will continue to provide them with medical treatmentÂ despite the tweets fired off by President Trump on Wednesday.”
The paper adds: “The email from Vice Adm. Robert Burke also acknowledges that Trump’s announcement is ‘causing concern for some of our sailors and that they likely have questions.'”
All of this leads to one likely accurate conclusion: The president lied when he said he had consulted with his generals.Â
“After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allowÂ Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military,” Trump tweeted Wednesday.Â “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelmingÂ victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you.”
Trump’s claim transgender soldiers cannot be in the armed forces because the cost of their care is “tremendous” is not only false, it’s mathematically inaccurate.
USA TODAY notes, “any saving Trump hoped to achieve by denying transgender troops medical careÂ will be dwarfed by the cost of replacing them. Hundreds of troops have identified themselves as transgender in order to receive medical treatment, including about 150 sailors in the Navy, according to two U.S. officials who were not authorized to speak publicly about medical issues.”
Replacing those 6,600 transgender troops would likely be far more costly. The Army, for example, is spending $300 million this year on bonuses and ads to recruit 6,000 soldiers. That does not include the money needed to train, equip and pay them.
The RAND Corporation has determined theÂ medical costs for transitioning transgender service members is at most $8.4 million annually.
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NYT Bombshell: Trump Tried to Oust Acting AG to Overturn Election Results – Only Threat of Group Resignations Stopped Him
Only days after Donald Trump returned to private life, The New York Times published a blockbuster new story on his efforts to overturn the election.
“The Justice Department’s top leaders listened in stunned silence this month: One of their peers, they were told, had devised a plan with President Donald J. Trump to oust Jeffrey A. Rosen as acting attorney general and wield the department’s power to force Georgia state lawmakers to overturn its presidential election results,” The New York Times reported Friday evening.
“The unassuming lawyer who worked on the plan, Jeffrey Clark, had been devising ways to cast doubt on the election results and to bolster Mr. Trump’s continuing legal battles and the pressure on Georgia politicians. Because Mr. Rosen had refused the president’s entreaties to carry out those plans, Mr. Trump was about to decide whether to fire Mr. Rosen and replace him with Mr. Clark,” the newspaper reported. “The department officials, convened on a conference call, then asked each other: What will you do if Mr. Rosen is dismissed? The answer was unanimous. They would resign.”
“Their informal pact ultimately helped persuade Mr. Trump to keep Mr. Rosen in place, calculating that a furor over mass resignations at the top of the Justice Department would eclipse any attention on his baseless accusations of voter fraud. Mr. Trump’s decision came only after Mr. Rosen and Mr. Clark made their competing cases to him in a bizarre White House meeting that two officials compared with an episode of Mr. Trump’s reality show “The Apprentice,” albeit one that could prompt a constitutional crisis,” the newspaper explained.
The bombshell report was “based on interviews with four former Trump administration officials who asked not to be named because of fear of retaliation.”
Read the full report.
Mark Your Calendar: Schumer Releases Trump Impeachment Schedule
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has just released the schedule for the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump.
The Article of Impeachment will be transmitted by Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday. That week will focus on the administrative elements of the trial.
The following week, starting February 8, the actual impeachment trial will begin.
Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had requested a two-week delay, but Schumer and Pelosi did not grant his wish.
CNN’s Jeremy Herb posted the document:
Here’s the impeachment trial schedule — the action will get underway on February 9 pic.twitter.com/JD0swRX8Lq
— Jeremy Herb (@jeremyherb) January 22, 2021
This is a breaking news and developing story.
‘Seditious Conspiracy’: Ethics Complaint Filed Against Rep. Madison Cawthorn, Other GOPers Over Capitol Coup
An ethics complaint has been filed against three Republican members of Congress over their participation in events that led to the violent and deadly January 6 attempted coup at the U.S. Capitol.
Reps. Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina, and Paul Gosar and Andy Biggs of Arizona are accused of “a seditious conspiracy to use force to prevent Congress from carrying out its constitutional and statutory duties to count the votes of the Electoral College,” by the Campaign for Accountability, a government ethics watchdog founded by two former members of CREW.
If the House Ethics Office finds any or all of the three Republicans violated federal law, the group is asking for them to be expelled.
Cawthorn spoke at President Trump’s January 6 rally (photo), barely hours before the armed insurrection.
“This crowd has some fight in it,” Cawthorn told Trump’s MAGA supporters. “The Democrats, with all the fraud they have done in this election, the Republicans hiding and not fighting, they are trying to silence your voice. Make no mistake about it, they do not want you to be heard.”
North Carolina’s WLOS reports that “despite his tweets urging ‘millions of patriotic Americans stand for their country,’ Cawthorn said he felt no culpability in what unfolded” the day of the attempted coup.
“I don’t feel I had any responsibility for them attacking the Capitol,” Cawthorn said.
Two days before the domestic terror attack he posted this:
January 6th is fast approaching, the future of this Republic hinges on the actions of a solitary few.
Get ready, the fate of a nation rests on our shoulders, yours and mine. Let’s show Washington that our backbones are made of steel and titanium.
It’s time to fight.
— Madison Cawthorn (@CawthornforNC) January 4, 2021
Gosar and Biggs also bear significant responsibility, according to the lead organizer.
“Far-right activist Ali Alexander, who helped rally Trump’s supporters ahead of Congress’ electoral count, has claimed he planned a rally that preceded the riot with the support of Gosar and Biggs,” The Hill reports, citing an article in The Washington Post.
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