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Veterans approve of Trump as commander-in-chief, but they don't necessarily trust him to wage war
U.S. military veterans may not trust President Donald Trump as commander-in-chief, but that doesn't mean they don't love him anyway.
A new analysis of two polls of more than 2,300 American veterans conducted by the Pew Research Center indicates that a majority (57%) of vets approve of Trump's performance as commander-in-chief, far outstripping civilian support (41%) for the president's command of the U.S. armed forces.
This approval rating comes with a partisan bent, naturally: Pew indicates that Republican-leaning veterans — who, at 59% of veterans overall, outnumber Republicans as proportion of the civilian population (44%) — tend to support Trump more than Democratic veterans, a reversal of approval ratings for President Barack Obama during his time as commander-in-chief.
But what's really interesting about the Pew data is what veterans don't like about the commander-in-chief. Nearly half (45%) of respondents say Trump "doesn't listen enough to military leaders in making national security decisions," while a a similar share say they "have little trust in him to make the right decisions about the use of military force."
"The use of military force" includes nuclear weapons, by the way. While a net majority of veterans trust Trump when it comes to nuclear weapons, 42% of veterans say they don't trust Trump much to make decisions related to nukes, while, 30% of vets say they "don't trust Trump at all" on the matter.
The U.S. military's withdrawal from northeast Syria is looking more like Dunkirk every day.
On Wednesday, the U.S. military had to call in an airstrike on one of its own ammunition dumps in northern Syria because the cargo trucks required to safely remove the ammo are needed elsewhere to support the withdrawal, Task & Purpose has learned.
Retired two-star Navy. Adm. Joe Sestak is the highest ranking — and perhaps, least known — veteran who is trying to clinch the Democratic nomination for president in 2020.
Sestak has decades of military experience, but he is not getting nearly as much media attention as fellow veterans Pete Buttigieg and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii). Another veteran, Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) has dropped out of the race.
After preliminary fitness test scores leaked in September, many have voiced concerns about how women would fare in the new Army Combat Fitness Test.
The scores — which accounted for 11 of the 63 battalions that the ACFT was tested on last year — showed an overall failure rate of 84% for women, and a 70% pass rate for men.
But Army leaders aren't concerned about this in the slightest.
Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Three U.S. diplomats have been removed from a train and briefly questioned by Russian authorities in the sensitive Arctic shipyard city of Severodvinsk, near the site of a mysterious explosion in August that killed five nuclear workers.
Russia's Interfax news agency reported on October 16 that the diplomats were taken off the train that runs between Severodvinsk and Nyonoksa around 6 p.m. on October 14.
The U.S. Coast Guard had ordered the owner of an illegal 45-foot charter boat, named "Sea You Twerk," to stop operating.
He didn't, the Coast Guard said.
Now, Dallas Lad, 38, will serve 30 days in federal prison, a judge ruled Friday. When he is released, Ladd of Miami Beach, who pleaded guilty, will not be able to own or go on a boat for three years.