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.
Leon Panetta on @Hardball on Trump's 'my military' remark: "The military belongs to the country… it’s not the president’s military."
— Will Rabbe (@WillRabbe) April 13, 2017
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.
— Veterans For Bernie (@vets4bernie) April 14, 2017
“It’s not the President’s military. It’s the military of the United States of America,” Panetta told a cable news host.
“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.”
Donald Trump said "I authorize my military." Any school kid knows it's not his military. It's ours.
— Martin O'Malley (@MartinOMalley) April 13, 2017
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.
.@realDonaldTrump: "I authorized MY military …" MY? You refused to serve in the military or pay tax to support it … it's not yours!
— Col. Morris Davis (@ColMorrisDavis) April 13, 2017
The career military man tweeted, “MY? You refused to serve in the military or pay tax to support it … it’s not yours!”
@hardball It bothers me a great deal that Trump referred to the military as my military…he's inner dictator is showing
— DelightfulDiva (@Kalaax008) April 13, 2017
— Michael Damsky (@michaeldamsky) April 14, 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.”