The Marines' leading general reportedly allowed two internal emails to leak to media in hopes of protecting military families from President Donald Trump's push for a border wall with Mexico.
Two Pentagon sources told Newsweek that Gen. Robert Neller let the internal memos, both of which criticized the president's plans to deploy troops to build his border wall, leak to the Los Angeles Times and NBC News over the past two weeks "because he didn’t want the Marines and families at [North Carolina base] Camp Lejeune to get f***ed."
In the leaked memos, Neller argued that Trump's "unplanned/unbudgeted" additions to the military budget are making his job more difficult — and that they pose an "unacceptable risk to Marine Corps combat readiness and solvency."
"The combat readiness of II Marine Expeditionary Force—1/3 the combat power of the Marine Corps—is degraded and will continue to degrade given current conditions," the general wrote in a letter first obtained by the LA Times.
The report noted that Neller is in his final year as Marines commandant and will retire later in 2019. He'll be replaced by Lieutenant General David Berger, whose confirmation is currently before the Senate.
Read the entire report via Newsweek.