A former CIA intelligence officer and Obama administration aide slammed Donald Trump for using troops as "props" in his Christmas Iraq visit while spending so much of his time as president criticizing military families and leaders.
"If past is prologue," ex-CIA official Ned Price tweeted Wednesday, "Trump will use this belated troop visit to deflect from the rhetorical bodyslam [outgoing Defense Secretary Jim Mattis] delivered to him & his worldview last week."
"The record shows Trump has consistently used our military as a prop for his personal and political advantage," Price, an NBC analyst, added.
THREAD: If past is prologue, Trump will use this belated troop visit to deflect from the rhetorical bodyslam his ow… https://t.co/gYt3714UWw— Ned Price (@Ned Price) 1545854708.0
He went on to detail many of the times the president trashed military figures and families.
Even as a candidate, Price tweeted, Trump "took aim" at beloved figures when he jabbed at the late John McCain by claiming he likes people "who weren't captured" and got in a feud with the Khans, a Gold Star family who appeared at the Democratic National Convention.
He later savaged a Gold Star family, claiming the fallen soldier's mother perhaps wasn't allowed to speak. https://t.co/fHZq0Ap4xy— Ned Price (@Ned Price) 1545854708.0
Once he became president, "Trump authorized his first military mission not from the Situation Room, but over the dinner table, which also included Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon" the Obama administration alumnus noted.
"The raid resulted in the death of a US Navy SEAL, whose death he blamed on 'the generals,'" Price added.
Trump then took aim at military readiness by proclaiming over Twitter--in spite of guidance from his top military a… https://t.co/nMERpce9Eu— Ned Price (@Ned Price) 1545854709.0
Price brought up a number of Trump's other military missteps as well: from his failed response to the Niger ambush and his expensive (and ultimately scrapped) military parade to his decision to deploy troops to the US-Mexico border to meet the much-hyped "migrant caravan" and his attacks on storied Adm. Bill McRaven.
"This list is illustrative, not exhaustive, and more examples abound," the former CIA officer noted. "But suffice to say this is a president who has consistently put his own interests -- personal and political -- ahead of the country's, and that includes those of our service members."
Read the rest of the thread below:
Early this year, Trump nominated his personal physician to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, one of our larg… https://t.co/BepjrQfXJD— Ned Price (@Ned Price) 1545854709.0
Trump scrapped plans for a military parade -- seemingly held in his honor -- only after cost estimates suggested th… https://t.co/sWSgT9jS0S— Ned Price (@Ned Price) 1545854710.0
During travel to France to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, Trump skipped a visit to the America… https://t.co/cxAsDpMjTK— Ned Price (@Ned Price) 1545854710.0
That takes us to last week when Trump, after days of dismal headlines, announced on Twitter, without any semblance… https://t.co/RxBAGMuAfX— Ned Price (@Ned Price) 1545854711.0
This list is illustrative, not exhaustive, and more examples abound. But suffice to say this is a president who has… https://t.co/dwJC9pPgBZ— Ned Price (@Ned Price) 1545854711.0