In what is perhaps the greatest moment of Donald Trump’s presidency, he has finally stopped the militarization of our military.
While the president’s tweets were largely symbolic, the president has also given some indication of his own willingness to address the concerns of his generals and service members.
His administration has been trying to put a halt to the militarized police and military, and is looking to roll back the Obama administration’s drone attacks.
In an interview with the Associated Press on Wednesday, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he was concerned that Trump had turned the military into a weapon of war.
The Trump administration has also been considering cutting military funding, and has recently pushed back against the idea that the US has to be in a war for the sake of the military.
The AP also noted that while Mattis and Trump have both been vocal about ending the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Mattis has been much less vocal about cutting funding to the military and has not indicated he will pursue cuts.
“It’s not that I don’t want to cut money, it’s just that I want to use it for the purpose of keeping the military strong and to support our troops in the battlefields,” Mattis told reporters last month.
The president has, however, shown he will not be deterred by the criticism from his generals.
“I’ve been in the military, I’ve been through war, and I’ve always done it the right way,” he told The New York Times on Wednesday.
“And I think it’s time for people to get off their soapboxes and get off the battlefield, and the president does, too.”
Trump also recently made a point to highlight his relationship with retired Lt.
Gen. Keith Kellogg, the former head of the Army’s National Guard.
Kellogg told the AP that Trump “is the greatest commander-in-chief in the history of this country,” and that Trump has “been one of the greatest peacemakers I’ve ever seen.”