Bonkers New Report Details Trump Defense Sec's Goals for Trump's Final Weeks Including 'No Troops Fighting Citizens on the Streets'
A bombshell new report from Jonathan Swan and Zachary Basu of Axios details the Trump administration's defense goals in its final weeks, and some of the developments are concerning, to say the least.
The lengthy reporting includes details that Trump sought to completely withdraw from Afghanistan, Syria, Germany and other countries in an effort to build his legacy and prestige while he sought to overturn the results of the 2020 election. It also notes Trump's fury at former Defense Secretary Mark Esper last summer, after Esper insisted he didn't know Trump would pose for a publicity photo in front of St. John's Church, having law enforcement gas peaceful protestors to clear a path for the former President.
According to the report, that incident led to a grim epiphany for Esper:
"Esper concluded that Trump was willing to use the military to advance his election prospects and was concerned there were no boundaries. Trump concluded that his Secretary of Defense was weak."
Esper was fired by November 9 and replaced with former Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller, who was grappling with Trump's desires for widespread military withdrawals and the growing threat of Trump's eagerness to deploy the military domestically.
"Miller told associates he had three goals for the final weeks of the Trump administration: #1: No major war. #2: No military coup. #3: No troops fighting citizens on the streets."
The wide-ranging report contains many revelations about Trump's defense strategy in the final days, but these three goals of Miller's painted a disturbing portrait on social media.
Amazing and terrifying that these were even possibilities... https://t.co/F07ETQKy5Q— Don Linn (@Don Linn) 1621246477.0
Imagine being a GOP donor/leader and knowingly signing up for another round of this. https://t.co/lFCe5pLM4x— Seth Cotlar (@Seth Cotlar) 1621219816.0
Dear. God. https://t.co/IrPQ9x7579— Mary Margaret Cannon 🇺🇸🗽 (@Mary Margaret Cannon 🇺🇸🗽) 1621259732.0
The bar was terrifyingly low.
Low expectations in the era of Trump. https://t.co/vswkc45ZDk— Lee Hancock (@Lee Hancock) 1621261313.0
You know, (1) is pretty much the U.S. priority all the time, but if the SECDEF has to worry about (2) and (3), mayb… https://t.co/vNRWmq4Uk4— Tom Nichols (@Tom Nichols) 1621216476.0