Happy birthday, Donald Trump! You’re 71 today, the oldest person ever elected president of the United States. And as commander-in-chief of the nation’s armed forces, you also happen to share a birthday with one of the mighty service branches under your command: the U.S. Army, which is celebrating 242 years of protecting the freedoms of American citizens.
But what else do these two titans of geopolitical power have in common? Let’s explore in a side-by-side comparison, shall we?
Army: The United States Army
Trump: Donald John Trump
Army: Largest branch of the U.S. armed forces
Trump: President of the United States of America
Length of service to country:
Army: 88,328 days
Trump: 145 days
Army: The American Revolution, the War of 1812, Mexican-American War, American Civil War, the Spanish-American War, the Philippine-American War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Operation Desert Storm, the Global War on Terror
Army: George Washington, Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, John Pershing, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Douglas MacArthur, George Patton, Matthew Ridgway, H. Norman Schwarzkopf
Trump: Who cares? After all, Trump has said he knows “more about ISIS than the generals do, believe me," even though he just handed authority over U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan over to Secretary of Defense James Mattis.
Army: The M9, M11, and M17 pistols; the MP5 submachine gun; the M16, M4, M231 FPW, and HK416 assault rifles, the 500 MILLS and M1014 shotguns, the M249, M240, and Browning M2 machine guns; the Mk 14 Enhanced Battle Rifle, M110 and M107 sniper rifles; the M320 grenade launcher; the AT4, M141, and M72 LAW anti-material weapons; the FIM-92 Stinger anti-aircraft missile; and the M224 and M252 mortars, among others.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Karl Munson pilots a 26-foot boat while Petty Officer 2nd Class Gabriel Diaz keeps an eye on a boarding team who is inspecting a 79-foot shrimp boat in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of New Orleans, La., on April 27, 2005
Radio transmissions to the U.S. Coast Guard are usually calls for help from boaters, but one captain got on the radio recently just to say thanks to the men and women who are currently working without pay.
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Saturday to receive the remains of four Americans killed in a suicide bombing in northern Syria.
Trump, locked in a battle with congressional Democrats that has led to a nearly month-long partial government shutdown, announced his trip via a pre-dawn tweet, saying he was going "to be with the families of 4 very special people who lost their lives in service to our Country!"
Former President George W. Bush is calling for an end to the partial government shutdown, which is about to hit the one-month mark and is currently the longest shutdown in US history.
In an appeal made on Instagram, the 43rd president called on "leaders on both sides to put politics aside, come together, and end this shutdown." The caption was posted with an image of him and former First Lady Laura Bush giving pizza to their Secret Service detail.