Marines’ Leading General Obliterates Trump’s Racist Rhetoric In Scathing Leaked Memo
On Thursday, the Los Angeles Times obtained a leaked memo from Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller who went after Donald Trump for deploying troops to the southern border as an attempt to push his racist agenda.
The memo reveals that Neller called out Trump’s “unplanned/unbudgeted” emergency border deployment.
According to the Times, the letter was sent to Navy Secretary Richard Spencer and Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan. In the letter, Neller tells the two military men that Trump’s demand to send troops to the southern border poses an “unacceptable risk to Marine Corps combat readiness and solvency.”
The four-star commanding general complained that Trump’s deployment came “at a time where we are attempting to double down on strengthening alliances and attracting new partners.”
Because of problems posed by the deployment, Neller added, Marines “will not participate in planned training exercises in Indonesia, Scotland and Mongolia, and will reduce their participation in joint exercises with Australia and South Korea.”
Mandy Smithberger, defense expert at the nonpartisan Project for Government Oversight watchdog group, spoke with the Times about the letter, saying that “it’s pretty unusual for the commandant to be raising concerns that… a top political priority for the president is undermining the ability of the Marine Corps to do the training they need.”
“This is a pretty strongly worded memo,” Todd Harrison, director of defense budget analysis at the nonpartisan Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank, told the LA Times.
“The incremental cost of the border deployment is likely small compared to these other factors,” Harrison added. “It sounds like there are some bureaucratic politics at work here.”