Lhe Commander-in-Chief reviewed newly graduated West Point student officers [académie militaire dans l’Etat de New York], Saturday June 13. The weather was magnificent, there was no shortage of a uniform button on the vast ground where the thousand cadets had taken place at a good distance from each other, coronavirus obliges, but if the innuendos had been able to roar, nobody n ‘ could have heard Donald Trump.
An open letter signed by hundreds of alumni of the prestigious military school had warned earlier the new promotion against “The politicization of the armed forces” who “Weakens the link between the army and society”. At issue, the presence of the Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper, and that of the Chief of the Defense Staff, Mark Milley, alongside Donald Trump, the 1er June, when a peaceful protest outside the White House had been bluntly dispersed.
The order had been given so that the president could appear in front of a church which had suffered minor damage in scuffles on the margins of demonstrations against police violence. Mark Esper had regretted very quickly. Mark Milley was even more contrite this week. “I shouldn’t have been there (…). It was a mistake I learned from and I sincerely hope that we can all learn from it. “, he assured Thursday.
Confidence is now broken
Donald Trump loved the military when he arrived at the White House. He imagined them obedient to the point of blindness, a little low in the ceiling and endowed with a big voice. He discovered scholars and men more concerned with state service than the president. The latter got tired of it. The generals left one after the other.
He had already exasperated by rehabilitating a member of the special forces accused of a war crime, bypassing military justice. Confidence is now broken. The June 23 publication of his former national security adviser John Bolton, who accuses him of putting Donald Trump’s interests ahead of those of the country, should not help to damage his image.
Another misstep made the bad streak the president is going through even more apparent, unable to take stock of the protests sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25, supported by a large majority of Americans. Donald Trump was delighted to return to high mass at his campaign meetings on June 19 in Tusla, Oklahoma. He had dreamed for so long of a sports arena full of galvanized faithful, in total contravention of the recommendations of his own administration.
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