CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr said Thursday that Pentagon officials are growing increasingly concerned that President Donald Trump’s partisan decisions -such as his tit-for-tat decision today to deny House Speaker Nancy Pelosi access to a military plane for an upcoming trip to Afghanistan- are beginning to upset the military.
Starr said that as commander in chief Trump “can pick up the phone and say to the Air Force, ‘don’t give them an airplane,'” but questioned his motivations.
“What the president is doing here is making a political, partisan case,” Starr said. “He’s calling it a public relations event. I suspect the troops in Afghanistan and the military families who have their troops in that war zone feel very differently about that.”
She added that while the Pentagon was likely informed in advance that Trump was canceling Pelosi’s trip, she said officials were likely unhappy about it.
“What we are seeing time and again now, to be very blunt, are partisan decisions being made by the White House that do impact the military and in the rank and file, you’re beginning to see a lot of reaction,” Starr said.
“‘Why is this happening, what’s behind all of this, what’s the president up to, what’s he going to do next?'” she continued. “I must tell you that more and more that’s the conversation that you do hear in the Pentagon hallways.”
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