You gotta be kidding!
On September 8, US President Donald Trump revealed an open secret that the United States’ military leadership wants to keep waging wars in order to keep defense contractors “happy.”
Speaking at a White House news conference, Trump said Pentagon chiefs probably weren’t “in love with me” because “they want to do nothing but fight wars so that all of those wonderful companies that make the bombs and make the planes and make everything else stay happy.”
“Some people don’t like to come home, some people like to continue to spend money,” Trump said. “One cold-hearted globalist betrayal after another, that’s what it was.”
Trump added that U.S. troops largely support him, but he does not receive the same affinity from the military leadership.
The comments came after Trump had come under a powerful media attack. The Atlantic and then multiple other mainstream media organizations reported that the President allegedly made offensive comments against fallen U.S. service-members, including calling World War I dead at an American military cemetery in France “losers” and “suckers” in 2018. All these reports were expectedly based on anonymous sources.
Trump described this as a “hoax” saying: “I’m not saying the military’s in love with me. The soldiers are.”
The Trump administration attempts to reduce (at least formally) the US military presence in combat zones in the Middle East and the Central Asia face an expected resistance from the military establishment that makes billions of dollars from wars.
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