President Trump ignored his own administration's findings, violated his constitutional duties and played pure politics when he declared emergency earlier this month in order to secure funding for a Mexican border wall, several dozen former national security officials said Monday.
One year into the Trump administration, what are the most complex challenges facing the U.S. military? This is the third installment of THREAT WEEK, our brief series spotlighting some of the Pentagon’s biggest obstacles ahead of President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address.
During his confirmation hearing in January, Secretary of Defense James Mattis vowed that the Department of Defense would take the national security challenges posed by climate change seriously, despite the President Donald Trump’s well-documented skepticism on the matter. But a new government report suggests the Pentagon isn’t taking all the necessary steps to address climate’s impact on readiness worldwide — and the delay may be rooted in a delicate dance by DoD officials to reconcile its security concerns with the White House’s firm opposition to mainstream climate research.