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Trump accuses Pentagon leaders of wanting to ‘fight wars’ to make defense companies rich

President Donald Trump blasted the Pentagon’s leadership on Monday for allegedly caring about the defense industry more than U.S. service members. “I’m not saying the military’s in love with me – the soldiers are,” the president said at a White House news conference. “The top people in the Pentagon probably aren’t because they want to […]

VA secretary could run the Pentagon if Trump fires Defense Secretary Esper, report says

President Donald Trump could tap Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie to run the Defense Department if the president fires Defense Secretary Mark Esper, according to NBC News. Senior White House officials have spoken to Wilkie in the past month about the possibility that he could become defense secretary, NBC reporters Carol E. Lee […]

Disabled veteran, former Trump adviser indicted for fraud over viral border wall GoFundMe campaign

A wounded Iraq veteran who raised more than $25 million through GoFundMe for a privately built wall along the southwestern border has been arrested and indicted for fraud, the Justice Department announced on Thursday. Brian Kolfage has been indicted along with Stephen Bannon, a former adviser to President Donald Trump, and two others, according to […]

Trump rejects proposal to cut military healthcare by $2.2 billion

(Reuters) – President Donald Trump said late on Monday he has rejected a Pentagon proposal to cut military healthcare by $2.2 billion. Politico reported on Sunday that Pentagon officials working on Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s cost-cutting review of the U.S. Defense Department had proposed slashing military healthcare by $2.2 billion. “A proposal by Pentagon officials […]

Trump said the 1918 Spanish flu ‘probably ended’ World War II, which definitely ended in 1945

President Donald Trump on Monday offered up a strange comparison between the current novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the Spanish flu crisis of 1918, stating that the latter “probably ended” World War II, which both started and ended decades later. “In 1917 … the great pandemic certainly was a terrible thing where they lost anywhere […]

SecDef Esper says ‘accident’ likely responsible for Beirut blast, contradicting Trump

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said that he believes the explosion in Beirut that has reportedly killed more than 130 people was likely an accident, possibly putting himself at odds with President Donald Trump, who has insisted the blast was a “terrible attack.” “I’m still getting information on what happened,” Esper told the Aspen Security Forum […]

Trump says the US will draw down to around 4,000 troops in Afghanistan by the November election

Despite continued violence in Afghanistan, President Donald Trump has said the U.S. military will draw down to between 4,000 and 5,000 troops in the country by November. “We’ll be down now in a very short period of time to 8,000; then we’re going to be down to 4,000,” Trump told Axios reporter Jonathan Swan in […]

Trump: Justice Department, FBI investigating death of Vanessa Guillén

The Department of Justice is now involved with the alleged murder of Army Spc. Vanessa Guillén, President Donald Trump said on Thursday. Guillén’s family met with Trump at the White House to urge support for the “#IAmVanessaGuillen” bill, which was written by the family’s attorney, Natalie Khawam.  According to local Fox News station KRIV the bill would […]

Watch this Navy veteran shrug off batons and pepper spray like a badass amid protests in Portland

A Navy veteran has become an internet sensation after a video went viral showing him shrugging off repeated blows from police batons and pepper spray in the face during protests in Portland over the weekend In the video taken by Portland Tribune reporter Zane Sparling, Christopher James David can be seen surrounded by at least […]

Duckworth ends hold on promotions after Army and DoD confirm Lt. Col. Vindman’s promotion was sent to the White House

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) has lifted her hold on more than 1,000 promotions to the rank of O-6 and above after learning that both the Army and Defense Department approved Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman’s promotion to full colonel, a news release from the senator’s office says. Duckworth has received written confirmation that an Army promotion […]

The Army approved Vindman’s promotion months ago, and cleared him of ‘allegations of misconduct’

The Army lieutenant colonel who was a key witness in President Donald Trump’s impeachment inquiry announced his retirement from the service on Wednesday — just days before the Pentagon was expected to send his promotion to the White House for approval. Both Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy and Defense Secretary Mark Esper had approved the promotion […]

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, key witness in Trump impeachment, announces retirement

Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who testified last year during President Donald Trump’s impeachment, is retiring from the service after more than 20 years. A statement from David Pressman, Vindman’s attorney, says that the soldier is retiring “after it has been made clear that his future within the institution he has dutifully served will forever […]

Iran issues arrest warrant for Trump over Soleimani killing

(Reuters) – Iran has issued an arrest warrant for U.S. President Donald Trump and 35 others over the killing of top general Qasem Soleimani and has asked Interpol for help, Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr said on Monday, according to the Fars news agency. The United States killed Soleimani, leader of the Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force, […]