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‘Shame on you’: Warren slams Esper over handling of Trump’s Pentagon nominee

‘Shame on you’: Warren slams Esper over handling of Trump’s Pentagon nominee

Warren on Monday condemned the decision to install Tata in the Pentagon without Senate consent.Sen. Elizabeth Warren arrives at the U.S. Capitol. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesDemocratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren sharply criticized Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Monday after the administration installed an embattled nominee in a senior Pentagon post amid opposition on Capitol Hill, accusing the Pentagon chief of doing President Donald Trump’s “dirty work.”Retired Army Brig. Gen. Anthony Tata’s nomination to be undersecretary of defense for policy was upended on Thursday when the Senate Armed...

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‘What I saw was just absolutely wrong’: National Guardsmen struggle with their role in controlling protests

‘What I saw was just absolutely wrong’: National Guardsmen struggle with their role in controlling protests

POLITICO spoke to 10 National Guardsmen who have taken part in the protest response across the country since the killing of George Floyd while in police custody.Members of the South Carolina National Guard arrive and walk through demonstrators protesting the death of George Floyd near the White House in Washington. | Alex Brandon/AP PhotoPvt. Si’Kenya Lynch, a member of the D.C. National Guard, was on duty at Lafayette Square near the White House last Monday when U.S. Park Police cleared the area of protesters ahead of President Donald Trump’s now-infamous photo op.Lynch said she supports...

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Esper risks being sidelined as White House floats replacements

Esper risks being sidelined as White House floats replacements

The Defense secretary's job is likely safe, but the White House is still looking at options.Defense Secretary Mark Esper. | Evan Vucci/AP PhotoPresident Donald Trump is unhappy with Pentagon chief Mark Esper. Aides are gossiping about who could replace him. Yet the embattled Defense secretary may be on his way to a more Trumpian punishment: sidelined within the administration.Esper’s future is in question after he opposed Trump on Wednesday over the president’s call to deploy active-duty troops to quash protests taking part throughout the U.S. In the 24 hours since Esper spoke out, he has...

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'The president has clearly forgotten how it actually happened': John Kelly defends Mattis

'The president has clearly forgotten how it actually happened': John Kelly defends Mattis

Kelly called Mattis “an honorable man” and described Trump’s Twitter attack on the former Defense secretary as “nasty.”Former White House chief of staff John Kelly. | Evan Vucci/AP PhotoFormer White House chief of staff John Kelly said Thursday that President Donald Trump "has clearly forgotten" the circumstances of former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis's departure from the administration, breaking with his former boss to side with a fellow retired Marine Corps general.In , Kelly contradicted Trump’s claim that he had fired Mattis. Kelly called Mattis “an honorable man” and described Trump’s...

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Republicans urge Trump to keep Esper

Republicans urge Trump to keep Esper

“He’s doing a good job,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham. “There’s no reason to let him go."Defense Secretary Mark Esper. | Alex Brandon/AP PhotoSenate Republicans have a clear message for President Donald Trump: Do not fire Defense Secretary Mark Esper.GOP senators reaffirmed their support for Esper on Wednesday, hours after he broke with the president on sending in active-duty troops to quell unrest nationwide, after the killing of George Floyd by a Minnesota police officer.Advertisement“He’s doing a good job,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who spoke to the president recently and doesn’t...

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Mattis goes after Trump: The president ‘tries to divide us’

Mattis goes after Trump: The president ‘tries to divide us’

The former Defense secretary blasts military leaders.Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. | Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP PhotoFormer Defense Secretary Jim Mattis broke his silence on the conduct of President Donald Trump on Wednesday, blasting him and top military leaders and saying he is “angry and appalled” with the events of the past week.“Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people — does not even pretend to try. Instead he tries to divide us. We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We are...

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