Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

Will President Donald Trump Replace Secretary Of Defense James Mattis?

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Glenn Montgomery | 10 September, 2018, 09:16

Down Pennsylvania Avenue, House Speaker Paul Ryan said he did not know of any role Congress would have to investigate, though Republican Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, a Trump ally, said the legislative body could take part. The writer said Trump's behavior was a danger to the republic, impetuous, adversarial, unprincipled, and amoral.

However, allegations that Mattis is intervening regularly to avert national security disasters have once again raised the question of whether military commanders possess the authority to refuse a direct order from the President under certain circumstances.

"Given the instability many witnessed, there were early whispers within the Cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment, which would start a complex process for removing the president".

White House officials did not respond to requests to elaborate on Trump's call for the writer to be turned over to the government or on the unsupported national security grounds of his demand.

But Trump also told reporters that he was poised to dramatically escalate a trade war with China - implementing tariffs on an additional $267 billion in Chinese goods - that economists said could potentially affect the USA economy if a deal is not worked out with the world's second-largest economy.

Finally, after the op-ed appeared online Wednesday the president tweeted, "TREASON?"

House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters that "if you're not interested in helping the president, you shouldn't work for the president as far as I'm concerned". In her own op-ed in The Washington Post, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley called the anonymous author's aims "very risky", because they would sow "mistrust among the thousands of government workers who do their jobs honestly every day". "Based on those conversations, [I] came away feeling totally confident that this was the official in the Trump administration that they claimed they were".

"That people better wake up to what's going on", Woodward said.

The Vice President puts his name on his Op-Eds.

"Speculation that The New York Times op-ed was written by me or my Principal Deputy is patently false", he said. Rand Paul (R-KY), who suggests the President force administration officials to take lie detector tests.

Some of Mr. Trump's inner circle also denied it when asked by reporters, including top adviser Kellyanne Conway and White House Counsel Don McGahn.

Such a declaration from the "U.S. commander in chief on Twitter was nearly unthinkable" and Pentagon leadership anxious that such a tweet would provoke North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Woodward wrote.

Kim recently expressed his "unwavering faith" in Trump, and the USA president on Sunday praised the North Korean for a military parade that included no nuclear missiles. Woodward added that he has multiple sources for every claim or quote in his book.

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