David Lapan, who served as the spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security under President Donald Trump, called out the president on Monday after he boasted about doing a “great job” for the American military.
Lapan, a retired marine who left the Trump administration in late 2017, took issue with Trump’s tweet claiming that he has “done a great job for… the Military, Vets, Economy and so much more.”
“It’s time to retire the line about the military after your shutdown forced Coast Guardsmen and women to work without pay for 35 days,” Lapan wrote in response to Trump’s tweet. “And now you’re taking billions of [dollars] away from the military for a border wall (that Congress is already funding).”
It's time to retire the line about the military after your shutdown forced Coast Guardsmen and women to work w/o pay for 35 days & now you're taking billions of $ away from the military for a border wall (that Congress is already funding).
— David Lapan (@DaveLapanDC) February 18, 2019
This is not the first time that Lapan has publicly criticized Trump since leaving the administration. Last November, for example, he slammed Trump for using military service members as “political pawns” after the president ordered them to go to the U.S.-Mexico border to deal with the caravan of migrants that was trying to seek entry into the United States.