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  • Donald Trump Oct 17, 2019

    Trump Clashes With Dems During Syria Meeting

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi walked out of a meeting with President Donald Trump after Trump had what Democrats described as a meltdown. The meeting took place after the House voted to condemn Trump’s unilateral decision to pull U.S. troops out of Syria.

  • Donald Trump Oct 17, 2019

    AP Fact Check: Trump Muddles Facts on US Syria Withdrawal

    President Donald Trump muddled the facts Wednesday on America’s withdrawal from Syria and the conditions on the ground there, as he distanced himself and the U.S. from the ongoing Turkish invasion into Syria. He suggested incorrectly that the Syrian Kurds who fought alongside U.S. forces against the Islamic State group deliberately released IS prisoners and wrongly said Americans have been...

  • Donald Trump Jul 21, 2019

    Military Studies ‘Hyperfit' Women Who Pass Grueling Courses

    In the nearly four years since the Pentagon announced it was opening all combat jobs to women, at least 30 have earned the Army Ranger tab, two have graduated Marine infantry school and three have passed the grueling initial assessment phase for Green Beret training. Their numbers are small, but their completion of some of the military’s most arduous physical...

  • California Sep 26, 2018

    Defense Chief Mattis: Jury Is Out on Women Succeeding in Combat Jobs

    The jury is still out on whether women can be successful in infantry jobs, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday, while offering students at the Virginia Military Institute a dim view of female troops serving on the front line. Mattis, a retired Marine, said there are too few women in the infantry ranks to provide enough data to determine how...

  • Donald Trump Jan 22, 2018

    50 Years After Key Vietnam Battles, Mattis Seeks Closer Ties

    A half-century after the Tet Offensive punctured American hopes of victory in Vietnam, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is visiting the former enemy in search of a different kind of win: incremental progress as partners in a part of the world the Pentagon has identified as vital for the United States to compete with China and Russia. Mattis, a retired general...

  • Donald Trump Dec 29, 2017

    Defense Secretary Mattis Nixes Holiday Tradition of Visiting US Troops in War Zones

    For only the second time since 9/11, America’s defense secretary didn’t visit U.S. troops in a war zone during December, breaking a long-standing tradition of personally and publicly thanking service members in combat who are separated from their families during the holiday season.

  • Donald Trump Aug 26, 2017

    Trump Directive Sparks Criticism Among Transgender Troops

    Active-duty transgender troops say a policy change that puts them at risk of being removed and indefinitely bars transgender people from enlisting in the military is a step backward for civil rights that will promote inequality in the armed forces. President Donald Trump on Friday directed the Pentagon to extend a ban on transgender individuals joining the military but gave...

  • Donald Trump Aug 26, 2017

    Trump Tells Mattis to Indefinitely Ban Transgender Recruits

    President Donald Trump on Friday directed the Pentagon to extend indefinitely a ban on transgender individuals joining the military, but he appeared to leave open the possibility of allowing some already in uniform to remain. Trump gave Defense Secretary Jim Mattis authority to decide the matter of openly transgender individuals already serving, and he said that until the Pentagon chief...

  • Donald Trump Aug 19, 2017

    Trump Approves Plan to Create Independent Cyber Command

    President Donald Trump has approved a long-delayed Pentagon plan to create an independent and more aggressive cyber command in order to beef up cyberwar operations against the Islamic State group and other foes. The White House announcement Friday means U.S. Cyber Command may eventually be split off from the intelligence-focused National Security Agency. For now, Trump has agreed to raise...

  • Donald Trump Aug 10, 2017

    Fact Check: Trump's Unjustified Boast About US Nuke Power

    President Donald Trump’s tweet Wednesday that America’s nuclear arsenal is “now stronger and more powerful than ever before” is debatable. His claim of the credit is entirely unjustified. While the U.S. has daunting nuclear power, the Pentagon’s program has been beset with morale, training, discipline and resource problems. And the modernization effort that started under former President Barack Obama hasn’t...

  • Asher Klein Aug 8, 2017

    Trump Threatens North Korea With ‘Fire and Fury'

    President Donald Trump says that North Korea “had best not make any more threats to the United States” or “they will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.” Trump issued the warning during a briefing Tuesday afternoon on opioid addiction at his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey.

  • Donald Trump Aug 1, 2017

    Trump Awards Medal of Honor to Army Medic 48 Years Later

    An Army medic who “ran into danger” to save wounded soldiers during a Vietnam War battle despite his own serious wounds on Monday became the first Medal of Honor recipient under President Donald Trump, 48 years after the selfless acts for which James McCloughan is now nationally recognized. McCloughan mouthed “thank you” as Trump placed the distinctive blue ribbon holding...

  • Donald Trump Jul 27, 2017

    Top US Military Officer: Transgender Policy Unchanged for Now

    Unmoved by President Donald Trump’s proclamation-by-Twitter, top Pentagon leaders declared on Thursday they’ll allow transgender troops to remain in uniform until Defense Secretary Jim Mattis receives an authoritative directive to remove them....
    For now, “there will be no modifications” to current policy, Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in an internal memo to all military service...

  • Arizona Jul 26, 2017

    ‘Expensive and Disruptive,' WH Defends New Trump Policy Banning Transgender Military Service Members

    White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended a new Trump administration policy banning transgender service members from the military, saying it was an “expensive and disruptive” policy.

  • Donald Trump Jul 14, 2017

    House Rejects Attempt to Ban Transgender Surgery for Troops

    The Republican-led House narrowly rejected a measure on Thursday that sought to strike an Obama-era practice of requiring the Pentagon to pay for gender transition surgeries and hormone therapy.
    Democrats described the proposal as bigoted, unconstitutional and cowardly and they won support from 24 GOP lawmakers to scuttle the amendment to the annual defense policy bill, 214-209.

  • Air Force Jul 1, 2017

    Pentagon OKs 6-Month Delay in Transgender Enlistments

    Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is giving the military chiefs another six months to conduct a review to determine if allowing transgender individuals to enlist in the armed services will affect the “readiness or lethality” of the force....
    Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said Mattis made the decision Friday. The delay in allowing the enlistment of new recruits does not affect transgender troops...

  • Donald Trump Jun 13, 2017

    Mich. Vietnam Vet to Be Trump's 1st Medal of Honor Recipient

    Seventy-one-year-old Army medic James McCloughan, from South Haven, Michigan, will become the first person to be awarded the nation’s highest military honor by President Donald Trump, Army spokeswoman Valerie L. Mongello said Tuesday. “I feel honored to be able to accept this for the 89 men that fought that battle,” McCloughan said, referencing the number of American combatants, dozens of...

  • Donald Trump Dec 23, 2016

    Donald Trump on Nukes: ‘Let It Be an Arms Race'

    President-elect Donald Trump suggested Friday that he is willing to engage in “an arms race,” insisting that the United States will surpass its rivals and “outlast them all” in a push for global weapons dominance, NBC News reported. “Let it be an arms race. We will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all,” Trump said in a statement...

  • President Dec 13, 2016

    Carter Says 3 Key Islamic Militants Killed in Syria

    U.S. airstrikes killed three key leaders of the Islamic State group in Syria, including two involved in last year’s attacks in Paris, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Tuesday. He announced the killings during an address to U.S. airmen at a military base in Italy. “I can confirm today we took out three of ISIL’s key leaders in the last...

  • head Dec 12, 2016

    Militants Retake Ancient City of Palmyra From Syrian Forces

    Islamic State militants recaptured the ancient city of Palmyra from Syrian troops Sunday, according to both sides in the battle, scoring a major advance after a year of setbacks in Syria and neighboring Iraq. In winning back Palmyra, the extremist group appeared to be taking advantage of the Syrian and Russian preoccupation with Aleppo, timing its attack to coincide with...

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