When Donald Trump began to assemble his administration seven months ago, most people, critics and supporters expected him to surround himself with other successful business men and women. At first, it seemed like that was exactly what he was doing.
However, seven months later, most people are surprised to see that Trump has not surrounded himself with business people as expected. Instead, Trump has surrounded himself with more military leaders than any president over the past sixty years.
Not since the days of Retired General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower, has there been an administration so filled with military leaders. I can’t say for certain, but I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Barack Obama had the fewest former military leaders in his administration than any White House occupant in decades.
When retired U.S. Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly was sworn in as White House chief of staff last week, he took command of a Trump administration that now has more military commanders in top spots than any since Eisenhower’s.
The generals hand-picked by Trump — Kelly, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and Defense Secretary James Mattis — share a penchant for passing their opinions up the chain of command in the bluntest of terms. Their prominence in the administration belies the common perception the commander in chief prefers to be surrounded by yes men.
“Jim Mattis defines ‘speaking truth to power’ in my view, and I like to think I do as well,” said Kelly, speaking exclusively with Fox News in his first interview since becoming chief of staff. “I observed him do it routinely — every day — as we planned the invasion of Iraq and its aftermath.” …
With the possibility of war brewing with North Korea and Iran, Trump has exhibited great wisdom in surrounding himself with so many former military leaders. Their knowledge and training will be invaluable if war does break out. Don’t know about you, but I feel a whole lot more confident with Trump’s leadership and military counselors than if Obama or Hillary were in charge.