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‘There’s a lot of talk in the active ranks’ about Trump’s insults against military leaders: Retired general

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Retired Army Lieutenant General Mark Hertling told CNN on Wednesday that President Donald Trump’s attacks on former military leaders are rankling active-duty service members who are disturbed by his lack of respect for their service.

Reacting to Trump attacking Ret. Gen. Stanley McChrystal by ridiculing his military career, Hertling said that such disrespect for anyone who has risked their life serving their country is shocking for many in the military.

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“There’s a lot of talk in the active ranks right now about these continual assaults on general officers and the military,” he said. “Make no mistake about it, it is being discussed in the active ranks about what is occurring with the president and how he’s treating the military.”

Hertling also suggested that many within the military have been disturbed by the president’s efforts to transform government agencies into extensions of his political operations.

“Those in the military are very concerned about the politicization of the military,” he said. “Anytime you drive a wedge in there, just like you try to drive a wedge in the Justice Department or the intelligence community or anything else that is supposed to be apolitical, you have a problem.”

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Trump balked at full pardon for Roger Stone over fears of Justice Department ‘backlash’: CNN legal analyst

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President Donald Trump's former political strategist Roger Stone claims that he asked for a commutation of his prison sentence, rather than a full pardon, because a pardon would have implied an acknowledgement of guilt whereas a commutation would still allow him to seek for the original conviction to be thrown out.

But on CNN Saturday, criminal defense attorney Page Pate suggested it may have played out differently: Stone may have actually wanted a full pardon, but Trump was spooked out of offering one.

"Page, this situation, I guess, is not entirely surprising. It's been signaled for some time," said correspondent Abby Phillip. "But what is different about this, I think a lot of people were expecting a pardon here. Roger Stone said he wanted his sentence commuted because he didn't want to admit guilt. What is the significance of that?"

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WATCH: Doctor laughs at Trump’s bizarre boast about passing a cognitive test

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Arthur Caplan of New York University School of Medicine, who holds seven honorary degrees from colleges and medical schools, couldn't help but chuckle when discussing President Donald Trump's recent comments about passing a cognitive test.

"I actually took one very recently when, you know, the radical left was saying, 'Is he all there? Is he all there?' I proved I was all there, because I aced it,” Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Thursday night. “I aced the test... I took it at Walter Reed Medical Center in front of doctors and they were very surprised. They said, ‘That’s an unbelievable thing. Rarely does anyone do what you just did.'"

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Trump’s New Hampshire rally is an act of ‘biological warfare’: Portsmouth police commissioner

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President Donald Trump's planned rally in Portsmouth, New Hampshire has been postponed -- and one public official in the city says that holding it would have been an act of "biological warfare."

Appearing on CNN with host Kate Bolduan, Portsmouth Police Commissioner Stefany Shaheen outlined her concerns about having a large crowd of rowdy Trump supporters gathered into a tight space this weekend.

"I definitely took notice when you called the rally that is set for tomorrow as 'biological warfare,'" Bolduan said. "What is your biggest concern with the president holding a rally in your city tomorrow?"

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