Trump ousts top defense official who certified Ukraine aid

dublinbay z6 (KS)

He's after everybody who acted contrary to his wishes!

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"President Donald Trump has ousted the Pentagon's top policy official who had certified last year that Ukraine had made enough anti-corruption progress to justify the Trump administration's release of congressionally authorized aid to Kyiv in its conflict against Russian-backed separatists.

John Rood resigned Wednesday, saying he was leaving at Trump's request.

The Trump administration's delay in releasing the aid to Ukraine was central to the president's impeachment by the House on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The Senate voted to acquit the president. But in the wake of the Senate trial, an emboldened Trump has gone after officials he has perceived as being disloyal.

Rood is the latest official to be purged. His forced resignation comes as Democrats on the Hill express concerns that Trump is on a vendetta in the wake of his acquittal. Just days after the Senate vote, the White House reassigned an Army officer, Lt. Col. Alex Vindman, a key witness in the impeachment inquiry, from the National Security Council, and pushed his twin brother, an NSC lawyer, out with him. Gordon Sondland, Trump's ambassador to the European Union who also was a key witness before House investigators, was recalled from his post."


https://news.yahoo.com/trump-ousts-top-defense-official-163101053.html

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All the king's horses and all the king's men couldn't be put back together again.

Nor could Humpty--after his fall.

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nancy_in_venice_ca Sunset 24 z10

Vindictive bully, no?

Trump blames everyone but himself for his troubles.

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catkinZ8a

Liars, leakers and APPOINTED, NOT ELECTED officials who think they set US policy and do not support our POTUS' policies have to go!

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bob_cville

Just like Stalin or Hitler, once you finally have an unshakable grasp on power, start purging all who oppose you in any way.

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zmith

More heads on pikes, ya'll!!!

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bob_cville

There are policies and there are laws. When they are in opposition a lick-spittle loyalist will support the policy. While those who still have some measure of Patriotism and/or honor will support the law.

And of course those are the ones who have to GO!

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barncatz

Read it and weep, except for the authoritarians, who'll be thrilled:

In any administration, political appointees serve at the pleasure of the president. But these officials did not somehow fail in performing their official duties or even clash with official policy. As Republican Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma put it, “People were supposed to have loyalty. Obviously they didn’t.”

Public officials swear an oath to the Constitution, not to Donald Trump. The purged officials were removed for their disloyalty to the latter, not the former. With the exception of Romney, who voted against acquittal on the first of the two charges, the GOP now makes no distinction between fealty to Trump and loyalty to the country. The Founders devised the impeachment clause as a remedy for a chief executive who abuses his power to stay in office. But as there were no parties at the time of the founding, they did not foresee that such a chief executive would be shielded by toadies who envision their civic obligations as beginning and ending with devotion to the leader.

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These recent events are not the only evidence that the United States has entered a process of authoritarianization. Aside from Trump’s claim, effectively uncontested by Senate Republicans, that he can unilaterally direct the Justice Department to prosecute anyone he wants, Trump has asserted blanket authority to block congressional oversight. His office has claimed he can blithely ignore congressional appropriations as he sees fit. The Republican-controlled Senate has ratified Trump’s authority to interfere in American elections, while helping install judges who understand that their paramount obligation is to shield Trump from accountability. The president’s public attacks on political opponents and detractors, and his demands that they be sanctioned or prosecuted, have had the intended effect of silencing elite criticism of the administration—most former high-ranking military officials would only anonymously rebuke the president’s purge of the Vindmans and his subsequent attacks on them. Potential future dissidents are meant to note the folly of placing their civic obligations before the whims of the president.


https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/02/trump-regime/606682/

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lurker111

who acted contrary to his wishes!

That's a good way to lose your job, in any business.

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patriciae_gw(07)

This is not a business.

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Chi

Keep going, Trump. Let America see your aspiring dictatorship as we inch closer to the election.

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lurker111

This is not a business.

No one suggested that it was. Great argument, though. :^)

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barncatz

Chi, we're past aspiring, I think.

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catkinZ8a

POTUS is in California right now speaking to a group of farmers.

Then he's off to a rally in Phoenix tonight!

MAGA ENERGY!

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Joaniepoanie

Appointees work for the country and the Constitution, not the president. But we no longer have a president, we have a dictator.

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patriciae_gw(07)

Why did you bring up business practices Lurker?

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how2girl

It was this “top policy official’s” job to certify that Ukraine had “made enough anti-corruption progress to justify the Trump administration's release of congressionally authorized aid to Kyiv in its conflict against Russian-backed separatists.”

So, for doing his job he loses his job.

He didn’t lie, leak, or set the policy.

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Jenn TheCaLLisComingFromInsideTheHouse(5)

45 is also intending to take more of the money appropriated to the DoD for things like...fighter planes...to use for building his stupid wall.

First it was money that was earmarked for military base improvements/repairs. Now it's more money, this time earmarked for military equipment.

Exactly how is our military going to be at optimal readiness and with the necessary equipment, when the money that was supposed to be spent on such things keeps being diverted to a pet project wall build?

Someone should start sending good ol'boy Mitch letters, 'thanking' him for his help in making sure that 45 knows he can do whatever the heck he wants, laws of the US be d#mned. And maybe leave bags of dog poo on his front porch.

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Ziemia(6a)

The US Constitution is what demands their loyalty.

(When prez drifts into unconstitutional acts - he needs to be called out.) The oaths are to the Constitution, not the prez.

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Nana H

What seems to escape some is that this gentleman , as well as the former Ambassador, was executing the STATED US policy towards Ukraine as voiced to them through the State Delartment.

The fact Trump was executing a different policy, one that has not been shared with them, is his fault not theirs. He is accountable yet accepts no responsibility for his mismanagment. He is a lousy leader.

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batyabeth

Say it again.and again......"the GOP now makes no distinction between fealty to Trump and loyalty to the country.........Aside from Trump’s claim, effectively uncontested by Senate
Republicans, that he can unilaterally direct the Justice Department to
prosecute anyone he wants, Trump has asserted blanket authority to block congressional oversight. His office has claimed he can blithely ignore congressional appropriations
as he sees fit. The Republican-controlled Senate has ratified Trump’s
authority to interfere in American elections, while helping install
judges who understand that their paramount obligation
is to shield Trump from accountability. The president’s public attacks
on political opponents and detractors, and his demands that they be
sanctioned or prosecuted, have had the intended effect of silencing
elite criticism of the administration—
"

exactly. How does this not terrify people? Why aren't we out in the streets? Or, alternatively, how can we get out the vote and defeat this imposter?

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adoptedbyhounds

The “aspiring dictatorship” talking point is back, ineffective as ever. President Trump has empowered Americans, millions of whom no longer need to rely on government for their next meal.

Too many bureaucrats and appointed officials have forgotten their place. The unrelenting efforts to undermine President Trump are beginning to catch up with the perps. It’s all good.

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Ziemia(6a)

They take (took) an oath to the US Constitution. Not to the prez.

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Ziemia(6a)

Ok,

Saying it again......"the GOP now makes no distinction between fealty to Trump and loyalty to the country........

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lurker111

They take (took) an oath to the US Constitution. Not to the prez.

No one complained when Obama did it. It's expected with any new president, and they were lucky to last as long as they did. Trump should've done it sooner. Get rid of the Obama holdovers, and those who work against him.

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barncatz

abh, I don' t know if you read the entire article. Trump governs like a dictator and a narcissist, which go hand in glove. "I alone can fix it" is how he said he would govern and he has kept that promise ( supporters) threat ( opponents).

Why do his supporters deny what they routinely praise and what Trump makes no effort to hide? For example, to refute that Trump's governing style is that of a dictator, you gave him sole credit for this accomplishment:

President Trump has empowered Americans, millions of whom no longer need to rely on government for their next meal.

(Here's the reality. I don't know if you believe USA Today but I'm sure Trump would tell you this article was fake. His attacks on our free press are not dictator-adjacent. They are a tool all dictators use. To the extent his supporters obediently limit themselves to Fox and scream at media covering his rallies, that loyalty to a lie is another reason they appear cultish to Trump's opponents.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/12/21/trump-food-stamps-cut-snap-benefits-more-hungry-americans/2710146001/

'A terrible time to be poor': Cuts to SNAP benefits will hit 700,000 hungry Americans.)




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adoptedbyhounds

President Trump has empowered Americans with the ability to support themselves and their own families. Hope for Americas future lies in Americans being able to compete in the job market for multiple jobs with decent wages.

Imported labor has artificially enlarged the US labor pool, which is popular with employers seeking to suppress wages for American workers.

President Trump recognizes the years of harm done to our own citizens by elites, and has put globalists on notice with America First. He is not going to tolerate their mass immigration schemes to flood our nation with poverty from around the world, at the expense of our own citizens.

He continues to work for Americans, despite the cries of corrupt US and foreign interests who participate in Russia/Ukraine/Trump is a wannabe dictator narratives they arrogantly concocted to keep him and his America First notions out of the White House.

It’s too late to persuade Americans Hillary didn’t really mean it when she smeared millions of us as irredeemable and deplorable. We’ve had over three years of hate and abuse aimed at Americans who support President Trump, which simply confirms how dysfunctional the opposition is. Refusing to serve Americans “in restaurants, department stores, and gasoline stations” as popular California Congresswoman Maxine Waters instructed, has put a bright light on the appalling intolerance of the left. They have made clear they are incapable of working with or for Americans who do not agree with them.


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barncatz


Clinton said the other half of Trump’s supporters “feel that the government has let them down” and are “desperate for change.”

“Those are people we have to understand and empathize as well."

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numbersjunkie

"President Trump has empowered Americans, millions of whom no longer need to rely on government for their next meal."

I know many believe this to be true, but I just don't see it. I'm not sure what he's done that would produce that kind of effect, and am not aware of any data that confirms it to be the case. The tax cuts were nice, but not significant enough to have that kind of impact IMO. $20 a month in tax relief does not "empower" people.

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barncatz

I read this again and was even more horrified.

This official made a dispassionate and I'm sure data driven decision in MAY. He's being fired now only because his certification contradicts Trump's fake rationale for holding up the aid. It's vile and has nothing to do with policy.

However, the Pentagon in May officially certified that it had seen enough anti-corruption progress to justify releasing the congressionally authorized aid, according to documents provided to The Associated Press.

The defense undersecretary for policy, John Rood, wrote in a May 23 letter to Congress that the Pentagon had made a thorough assessment of Ukraine’s anti-corruption actions and other reforms.

“On behalf of the secretary of defense, and in coordination with the secretary of state, I have certified that the government of Ukraine has taken substantial actions to make defense institutional reforms for the purpose of decreasing corruption” and making other improvements, Rood wrote.

Rood wrote that his certification, legally required before the aid could be released, was based on insights gained in “persistent U.S. engagement” with Ukraine, including meetings between the U.S. defense secretary and his Ukrainian counterpart.


https://apnews.com/31752745eefb4167bdcfcd10927ef2a9

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