The Hill–Bannon: Trump’s Strategy Is ‘Let the Warfighters Fight the War’


In contrast to the prior administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama, according to the president’s Chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon, Donald Trump prefers to leave tactical military decisions up to the military. Max Greenwood writes at The Hill: White House chief strategist Steve Bannon cast President Trump’s defense policy as one that puts military power into the hands of the “warfighters.” “The President believes the best thing to do is to let the warfighters fight the war,” Bannon told CNN. But the chief strategist also said that Trump has ultimately held onto his ability to oversee “anything important on the warfighting side,” according to CNN, adding that he has remained deeply involved in developing military strategy. “He hasn’t given up any of the strategic decisions,” Bannon said. Trump has increasingly empowered the Pentagon and military leaders to make tactical military decisions, breaking from the precedent of White House oversight carried out by both Republican and Democratic administrations in the past, CNN reported. Read the rest of the story here:
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Joy Reid: Maybe Americans Will Get Used to Living in an ‘Authoritarian State’


Saturday on MSNBC’s “AM Joy,” host Joy Reid reacted to the White House holding press briefings off-camera, saying that maybe Americans will get used to living in an “authoritarian state.” “This is the United States and I think Americans are not accustomed yet, maybe they will get accustomed to it over the next four years, to living in an authoritarian state,” Reid said. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent
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