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Vets’ Groups Feel Snubbed After Trump Sends Omarosa In His Place Again
Representatives from 13 of America’s largest veterans service organizations attended their first big meeting at the White House Tuesday to discuss issues in the vets’ community, but instead of speaking with President Donald Trump, they were greeted by former "Apprentice" star Omarosa Manigault as a senior administration representative… for a second time.
“I won’t say anyone told us we were meeting with the president, but it was implied that we would be able to voice our concerns to the boss, the guy who ultimately runs everything, which is the president,” Joe Chenelly, executive director of AMVETS, told The Daily Beast.
Military Times reported that the American Legion, VFW, and Disabled American Veterans have all complained to Congress in recent weeks about their inability to secure a sit-down with the commander-in-chief.
The Tuesday meeting, attended by reps from the Legion, VFW, DAV, Vietnam Veterans of America, AMVETS, Paralyzed Veterans of America and seven other groups, was the second time Team Trump sent Omarosa to take point on veterans’ issues. In December, the "Apprentice" alum headed a listening session with vet leaders; while well-received by some, her presence at that meeting unsettled others, the Beast reports:
Several described their surprise at that meeting to see that Omarosa was not only present at the meeting, but appeared to be the most senior transition staff member attending, despite having no experience with either the VA or healthcare. Omarosa explained her qualifications by saying that she had once been a lieutenant chaplain with the California State Military Reserve.
“When Omarosa was introduced the room collectively gasped,” said one attendee, who asked to remain anonymous to avoid conflict with the White House. “There were people there missing limbs and she was once a chaplain with the militia.”
By contrast, Tuesday’s White House meeting was friendly and productive — newly installed and highly respected VA Secretary David Shulkin was also in attendance — but the groups say they’re still waiting for the president to engage them on vets’ affairs, which Trump made a signature issue in his bid for the Oval Office.
“President Trump ran a campaign on helping veterans,” Verna Jones, executive director of the American Legion, told Military Times after the meeting. “When you look at who he has met with since winning, he has to make sure to make veterans [are] a priority still.”
Since the Washington Post first published the "Afghanistan papers," I have been reminded of a scene from "Apocalypse Now Redux" in which Army Col. Walter Kurtz reads to the soldier assigned to kill him two Time magazine articles showing how the American people had been lied to about Vietnam by both the Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon administrations.
In one of the articles, a British counterinsurgency expert tells Nixon that "things felt much better and smelled much better" during his visit to Vietnam.
"How do they smell to you, soldier?" Kurtz asks.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Erik Prince, the controversial private security executive and prominent supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump, made a secret visit to Venezuela last month and met Vice President Delcy Rodriguez, one of socialist leader Nicolas Maduro's closest and most outspoken allies, according to five sources familiar with the matter.
(Reuters Health) - While army suicides have historically decreased during wartime, that trend appears to have reversed in recent decades, a new study of U.S. records finds.
Researchers poring over nearly 200 years of data found that unlike earlier times when there was a decline in suicide rates among U.S. Army soldiers during and just after wars, the rate has risen significantly since 2004, according to the report in JAMA Network Open.
The Navy relieved a decorated explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) officer on Thursday due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command, the Navy announced on Friday.
Former Defense Secretary James Mattis, who led a Marine task force to Afghanistan shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, said the Washington Post's recent reporting about the U.S. government's pattern of lies about the war over the last two decades is not "revelatory."
Mattis, who was interviewed by the Washington Post's David Ignatius on Friday, also said he does not believe the U.S. government made any efforts to hide the true situation in Afghanistan and he argued the war has not been in vain.
Here are 10 key quotes from Mattis regarding the Washington Post's reporting in the 'Afghanistan Papers.'