President Donald Trump talks with new White House Chief of Staff John Kelly after he was privately sworn in during a ceremony in the Oval Office with President Donald Trump, Monday, July 31, 2017, in Washington.Photo via Associated Press
As whispers surrounding Tillerson reached a crescendo last week with reports that Tillerson called Trump a "moron" in front of national security staff, Kelly jumped into the fray to calm the tensions, a role in which Kelly has found himself frequently. A source close to the president spoke on Kelly's troubles last week, telling CNN, "Every day for John Kelly ends in 'why'? Every day is tense."
Kelly skipped a planned trip with the president to Las Vegas, ostensibly to huddle with other top administration officials on how to control the Tillerson fallout.
This is not the first time Kelly has been at odds with Trump since he was appointed chief of staff in July. Tension arose as Kelly enacted sweeping changes with West Wing protocols, including managing Oval Office visitors and filtering the information that reaches the president.
"There's no question there's friction in how Kelly approaches how the White House should run and how Trump approaches it," former Clinton chief of staff Leon Panetta told CNN. "It does make sense to me that John Kelly would try to prevent additional disruption from occurring."
The U.S. military does not need Iraqi permission to fly close air support and casualty evacuation missions for U.S. troops in combat, a top spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS clarified on Tuesday.
Army Col. James Rawlinson clarified that the Iraqis do not need to approve missions in emergency circumstances after Task & Purpose reported on Monday that the U.S. military needed permission to fly CAS missions for troops in a fight.
Carson Thomas, a healthy and fit 20-year-old infantryman who had joined the Army after a brief stint in college, figured he should tell the medics about the pain in his groin he had been feeling. It was Feb. 12, 2012, and the senior medic looked him over and decided to send him to sick call at the base hospital.
It seemed almost routine, something the Army doctors would be able to diagnose and fix so he could get back to being a grunt.
Now looking back on what happened some seven years later, it was anything but routine.
Thousands of U.S. service members who've been sent to operate along the Mexico border will receive a military award reserved for troops who "encounter no foreign armed opposition or imminent hostile action."
The Pentagon has authorized troops who have deployed to the border to assist U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) since last April to receive the Armed Forces Service Medal. Details about the decision were included in a Marine Corps administrative message in response to authorization from the Defense Department.
There is no end date for the award since the operation remains ongoing.
Americans' mighty military may have met its match when it comes to erecting barriers to keep out intruders.
An alligator in Florida recently had zero trouble flopping over a chain-link fence to get onto a naval air base. Motorist Christina Stewart pulled over to film it, and local television station WJAX posted it on Facebook.