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Trump Supporters Decry Interventionist Syrian Airstrikes

April 15, 2018 by Gail Nussbaum in Politics

Calling the President Donald Bush and other uncomplimentary labels, some of Trump’s staunchest supporters expressed anger and disappointment at his weekend airstrikes on Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.

Trump’s call for “precision” airstrikes was in response to a chemical weapons attack on civilians last week strongly suspected to be the responsibility of the Syrian regime.

A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle flies over northern Iraq early in the morning of Sept. 23, 2014, after conducting airstrikes in Syria. This F-15 was a part of a large coalition strike package that was the first to strike ISIL targets in Syria. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Bruch/Released)

Trump supporters, such as conservative author and radio host Michael Savage said the strikes were reactionary, not-needed, and even “Clinton-esque.”

“We lost. War machine bombs Syria. No evidence Assad did it. Sad warmongers hijacking our nation,” Savage tweeted. He also posted a video condemning Trump’s airstrike.

The subset of Trump supporters most ruffled by the attack on Syria are those of the “America First” persuasion. They say getting involved in Syria is counter to promises Trump made during his campaign, undermining his assurance that he would take the US out of global conflicts.

Conservative author and one-time loyal Trump supporter Mike Cernovich, called the President Donald Bush in a tweet.
“Congratulations to the Trump administration for adopting the same failed foreign policy and ignoring of the constitution as the last two administrations,” tweeted Doug Stafford, a strategist for Sen. Rand Paul’s RANDPAC.

Ann Coulter, conservative author, used evidence from Trump’s own tweet-feed to prove that he has betrayed his friends by back-tracking on his promises. Trump said before he ran for president that former President Barack Obama would be making a grave mistake to take any action at all in Syria.

Trump has changed his mind several times concerning his attitude towards Syria, including a recent statement saying he would like to see the US withdraw from the Syrian conflict, the sooner the better. But then word came of the horrifying chemical attack allegedly perpetrated by Assad’s government on his own citizens last weekend. Trump was outraged enough to call for a precision retaliation against Syria, severely disappointing some of his followers.

“After Trump’s first year we have: 1.3 trillion omnibus, no wall, war in Syria. Is Clinton secretly President?” wrote Lucian B. Wintrich, the D.C. bureau chief and White House correspondent for Gateway Pundit.

EPA Head Pruitt Has United Conservative Support

April 8, 2018 by Dan Kazan in Politics

Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore.

Despite ethic scandals associated with EPA chief Scott Pruitt, ten groups representing conservative interests sent a letter to President Trump urging him to stand behind his cabinet secretary.

The group brought a letter to the White House last week extolling the virtues of Secretary Pruitt, saying it is the first time such an organized effort has come together to support a Trump Cabinet official. The letter praises Pruitt and thanks the President for supporting him even though it might be difficult politically due to Pruitt’s questionable behaviors which are continuing to come to light.

“The days of a rogue, agenda driven EPA are over,” the letter stated. “Scott Pruitt is a bold, capable manager and is right for this job. His record shows you made the right choice picking him. We are certain he will guide EPA through the coming years of your Administration as a courageous and qualified administrator.”

One of the signatories is Jenny Beth Martin of Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund, who stated:

“Pruitt is delivering on policy changes that conservatives have wanted to see for years, if not decades,” Martin said. “There’s not a single member of the cabinet who has managed to deliver regulation rollbacks as much as Scott Pruitt has.”

She also said that she hasn’t seen any behavior on Pruitt’s part that should require his dismissal.

This is the conservative movement coming forward and saying this guy is rock star,” said another signatory. “I have not seen a more united conservative front on behalf of a Cabinet member since the Reagan administration.”

Pruitt has been under fire for months for several unethical moves he made while head of the EPA. He is accused of outrageous spending on security and travel, plus he is being investigated by the EPA inspector general for several questionable activities.

More recently news of his renting of a $50-a-night condo from a lobbyist couple caused a stir among his detractors, while more scandals keep bubbling up to the surface of what is looking like a pretty deep swamp. He is accused of firing aides who questioned him about the money he was spending on security and travel, including asking for sirens and lights so he can speed-up his drives around DC.

Pruitt is also under investigation for his travel using taxpayer money, use of a special hiring authority, and spending on a soundproof phone booth for exclusive use in his office.

Observers have been predicting an imminent dismissal of the EPA head by chief of staff John Kelly, but President Trump has tweeted his support of the embattled secretary. The President told journalists on Air Force One last week that:

“I think he’s done a fantastic job. I think he’s done an incredible job. He’s been very courageous. It hasn’t been easy, but I think he’s done a fantastic job.”

Military Parade Scheduled for Veteran’s Day

March 12, 2018 by Gail Nussbaum in Politics

Saint-Cyriens le 14 juillet 2007 sur les Champs élysées à Paris. Un lieutenant a des soucis avec son sabre (devant l’arrêt de bus). Photo courtesy of Adrien Marquette.

A memo released last week by the Pentagon announced that there will be a military parade taking place this coming Veteran’s Day, on November 11, 2018. The parade was requested by President Donald Trump but will not put on display some of the largest military hardware which the president had hoped to see.

The parade will include soldiers from the different defense branches and will focus on the expanding role of women serving. US air power will also be highlighted with examples of modern and historic war planes included in the ceremony. Many veterans’ groups will join, including the ceremonial Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps.

To protect “local infrastructure” the parade will not have tanks rolling down the road between the White House and the Capital.

“This parade will focus on the contributions of our veterans throughout the history of the U.S. military, starting from the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 to today, with an emphasis on the price of freedom,” added the office of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in a guidance to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Trump was inspired to have a military parade in the US after he enjoyed the Bastille Day celebration on his recent visit to France. Trump’s idea was first met with skepticism by lawmakers from both sides of the aisle. Congressmen and senators from both parties were upset that such a display of force feels and looks like the behavior of authoritarian regimes.

White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney estimates the cost of the parade could reach $30 million.