[Image above: President Donald Trump, (top to bottom right) Ret. General James N. Mattis, Secretary of Defense, Lt. General H. R. McMaster, National Security Advisor, Ret. General John F. Kelly, Secretary of Homeland Security and General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., Chairman of the Joint Chiefs]
The willingness of President Donald Trump to heed the guidance of his military appointees respectively is in direct contrast to Barack Obama who dismissed his generals opting for yes men and women whose prioritized ideology over national security. Quite refreshing.
Washington Times by Rowan Scarborough
People familiar with the budding relationships portray Mr. Trump as often in listening mode among his generals and as accessible as the next phone call. They contrast the billionaire real estate developer’s affinity for the top brass with former President Barack Obama’s documented standoffishness.
The Tomahawk strike on Syria on Friday underscores that Washington’s warrior class is again in charge of presenting military options to the White House instead of the other way around.
With three Marines and a soldier always nearby, perhaps no president in recent memory has surrounded himself on a daily basis with so many senior generals and their strategic brainpower…
All four have fought on the ground in Iraq against radical Islam. They bring to Mr. Trump a deep collective knowledge of that country’s tribes and politicians who will lead a post-Islamic State Iraq…