Leave it to CNN to march out a retired general to disparage President Donald Trump’s Thanksgiving message to the troops.
Retired Army Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, a military analyst for the network, described the president’s remarks to troops deployed overseas as “somewhat insulting.”
Speaking via teleconference from Mar-a-Lago, Trump reassured service members that their efforts are not in vain.
“We’re really winning,” he declared. “We know how to win. But we have to let you win. They weren’t letting you win before.”
Hertling acknowledged that he was “thankful for the fact that [Trump] did address the soldiers,” but then panned the president’s remarks.
“We have been winning,” the retired general insisted. “You’re talking to soldiers and military personnel around the world who have been in this fight for 17 years — and to suddenly be told that they’re winning now when they weren’t winning before is somewhat insulting.”
The critique ignores the lost ground in Iraq that had to be reclaimed from the Islamic State after former President Barack Obama relinquished the battlefield.
Hertling went on to criticize Trump for sharing good news about the economy, daring to suggest troops don’t care about these things, as if they are not invested in a healthy economy and don’t have families at home affected by this.
“Deployed soldiers don’t want to hear about that,” he stated. “They want to hear, ‘Hey thanks. Thanks for what you’re doing,'”
But then, this is CNN.
Former Green Beret commander Lt. Col. Michael Waltz appeared on Fox News to say he was not insulted by Trump’s remarks and to insist that “morale has soared within the military under President Trump because, frankly, they’re now being allowed to do their job.”
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