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“It’s not the President’s military” | Leon Panetta Refutes Trump’s “My Military” Comment

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WASHINGTON (April 14, 2017) — Former CIA Director and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta pushed back yesterday against comments made by the President about how he views his role in overseeing America’s Armed Forces.

On Thursday, Trump referred to the U.S. Military as “My Military,” a mindless comment even for the billionaire reality-tv-person turned military-commander-in-chief.

His comments drew immediate ire, including from the man previously tasked with running the Pentagon, Secretary Panetta.

“It’s not the President’s military. It’s the military of the United States of America,” Panetta told a cable news host.


“It’s not the President’s military. It’s the military of the United States of America.”
—Leon Panetta


“I think this President obviously sometimes views these things a lot differently in terms of the role of the President.”

“But I think if you ask the men and women in uniform who they are responsible to, I think their answer would be “We’re responsible to the United States of America.”

Others joined in condemning Trump’s comments, including former Presidential candidate and Governor Martin O’Malley, and the former Chief Prosecutor of Guantanamo Bay, retired Col. Morris Davis, who was fired for his outspokenness concerning the Obama administration.

The career military man tweeted, “MY? You refused to serve in the military or pay tax to support it … it’s not yours!”


“MY? You refused to serve in the military or pay tax to support it … it’s not yours!”
Col. Morris Davis, 13 Apr 2017


Before complaining about disabled veterans peddlers near his Fifth Ave. property, Trump slammed military POWs “I like people who weren’t captured,” compared his time hiding from the Vietnam draft at a boarding school to actual service, “I always felt that I was in the military,” and not getting an STD to combat, “It is my personal Vietnam. I feel like a great and very brave solider.

No one should be surprised that Trump is now pleased with “His Military.”


Tyson Manker is a former combat marine, attorney, college professor. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

1 Comment

  1. Kathleen Renaud says:

    It is his military. She’s the commander in chief manager. If y’all just want to nitpick, y’all are buttholes. The guys in the military will tell you that they answer to him, their leader. He’s doing a good job and caring for our military and vets. You bastards should be grateful.

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