Katherine Kuzminski, a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security think tank who researches military culture and family issues, told Military.com that the president does have the right to make basing decisions but noted it is unusual.
"As the commander in chief, he is kind of the ultimate guidance for any confirmed appointees," Kuzminski said. "But usually we don't see presidents having much of an opinion on exactly where our military basing decisions are made."
The saga of the basing and what appears to be a final decision by the president has created a concerning scenario, according to Kuzminski.
"Both the White House and Congress don't come out looking great if what they're doing is teeing up the military as a bargaining chip over political and partisan issues," Kuzminski said.
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