November 23, 2016

Trump loves the sheen of the brass, but generals come with some fixed views

Featuring Phillip Carter

Source: The Washington Post

Journalist Greg Jaffe

On the campaign trail he complained that they had been “reduced to rubble.” At other moments he suggested that he might have to fire them all.

Now that Donald Trump is president-elect, a parade of retired four-star generals has been making its way through Trump Tower and the mogul’s New Jersey golf course.

Trump’s sudden infatuation with the military’s top brass is part theater, part necessity and possibly a view into how he will govern. But it also raises a bigger question: What does Trump, whose military experience consists of military boarding school and multiple draft deferments, understand about the country’s general officer corps?

Read the full article at The Washington Post

  • Phillip Carter

    Senior Fellow and Director, Military, Veterans, and Society Program

    Phillip Carter is Senior Fellow and Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program at the Center for a New American Security.  His research focuses on issues facing v...