President Trump Is Putting His Loyalists In The Pentagon

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President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence arrive at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., prior to a meeting of the National Security Council July 20, 2017. Photo via DoD

Task & Purpose: Trump is purging the Pentagon of perceived enemies and installing loyalists in their place, critics say

President Donald Trump has always prized loyalty in his subordinates, but news about pending personnel moves at the Pentagon could indicate the president is determined to root out perceived enemies within the Defense Department.

Jonathan Swan of Axios first reported in February that the White House had compiled a list of civil servants across the government who should be dismissed because they allegedly had not been loyal enough to the president. The ousted government officials will reportedly be replaced by people who are more ardently pro-Trump.

Since then, it has emerged that Trump intends to nominate retired Army Brig. Gen. Anthony Tata, a Fox News contributor, to fill the No. 3 leadership position in the Pentagon. Tata left the Army after an investigation found he had affairs with at least two women while serving in uniform, the Raleigh News & Observer reported. More recently, Tata has lauded Trump for his support of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher.

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WNU Editor: New administrations always do a house-cleaning when they come to power, including putting their own people in the Pentagon. The difference with President Trump is that he is doing it near the end of his first term.

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