This is a good one.
President Donald Trump said his decision to ban transgender people from serving in the military, announced via Twitter on Wednesday morning, came “after consultation with my generals and military experts.”
No room for ambiguity. He either did or he did not consult. What’s more, changing a policy like this would REQUIRE ongoing consultations with the military so that they would be able to implement it over time. Obama, for example, spent months consulting with the military on repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell”.
So … did the Trumpster actually do that? Vox has the details on that one.
Secretary of Defense James Mattis was on vacation when the decision was announced, and privately opposed the move. The Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Gen. James Dunford, said Thursday that the military wouldn’t implement the ban absent a formal, non-tweeted order from the commander in chief.
And then there were the remarkable remarks that Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley made during a luncheon at the National Press Club.
During the lunch, Milley told reporters that he found out about the ban “the same way everybody else did — on the news.” At the time, he was holding a glass of wine:
Errr … nice touch with the glass of wine. But you get the general idea. THERE WAS NO CONSULTATION.
The Trumpster has been caught with his pants down again doing strange things in the moral corridor thtqa leads to a hellish toilet.