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Trump is Already Disrespecting The U.S. Military

“I helped get those people freed at Dulles [Airport] last night,” a Washington attorney told me outside a Washington coffee shop on Sunday morning. 
      Trump is already showing signs of major disrespect toward the U.S. military

“You helped those people get out?” a tall silver-haired passerby interrupted us. He shook the attorney’s hand. “I just got back from Baghdad,” the man said. “I’m career U.S. Army. They blocked three of my translators with that order. These are Iraqis who have been working for me for years. These are people who have risked a lot, more than many U.S. soldiers.

And we’re turning them away? It is unthinkable. It is unacceptable.” Asked what the effect would be on getting Army translators in the future, the man said, “They’ll never work for us again. And And by the way, I’m rock-solid Republican.”

Such dismay is just one part of the public opinion surge that has driven Trump’s disapproval rating north of 50 percent in just the eighth day of his presidency. (Obama wasn’t disapproved of by 50 percent of Americans until the 936rd day of his presidency.)

The U.S. military was a bastion of Trump support on Election Day, but his supporters are fast learning that military values of decorum, order and duty count for little in the calculations of President Trump and his alter ego Steve Bannon.

Defense Secretary James Mattis, a former Marine Corps general, was a bystander in the writing of Trump’s executive order banning refugees from seven Middle Eastern countries. It was Bannon who insisted that the ban include foreign nationals holding green cards, which are provisional acceptance of citizenship.

Mattis was not given a chance to comment on the order, according to the New York Times.

It’s not hard to figure out why. Last summer, Mattis, former commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East, said Trump’s proposed ban on Muslim visitors was “causing us great damage right now, and it’s sending shock waves through the international system.”

Nonetheless Trump used Mattis as a prop when he signed the executive order on Saturday.  By combining Mattis’ swearing-in with the issuance of the executive order, Trump used Mattis to endorse a policy the general had no influence on. And he did so in front of the Pentagon’s Wall of Heroes, honoring soldiers who have earned a Medal of Honor for valor in combat.

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