Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has condemned former President Donald Trump’s recent attack on General Mark Milley, who is retiring as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Trump made accusations on his new social media platform, Truth Social, that Milley had been “dealing with China” and giving them advance information on the U.S. President’s thoughts. Trump’s allegations were in reference to Milley’s calls to his Chinese counterpart, in which he assured them that the U.S. had no intention of launching an attack in 2021. Milley has defended these calls, stating that he was simply fulfilling his duties as an officer.
However, Trump took it a step further, stating that such actions were “so egregious” that, in the past, the punishment would have been death. His comments sparked outrage, with many veterans and officials speaking out against them.
One of those officials is Secretary Pete Buttigieg, who is also a veteran himself. In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” he called Trump’s comments “just the latest in a pattern of outrageous attacks on the people who keep this country safe.” Buttigieg condemned Trump’s statements and expressed his support for Milley, stating that those in uniform deserve respect and gratitude, especially from the President of the United States.
He also addressed reports of Trump’s remarks during Milley’s welcome ceremony, where wounded Army captain Luis Avila sang “God Bless America.” According to The Atlantic, Trump allegedly asked Milley why he would bring someone like Avila and that “no one wants to see that, the wounded.” Buttigieg called the wounded veteran a hero and stated that they deserve more than criticism and disparaging comments from their President.
He went further to say that it is concerning that an American President could “think that way or act that way or talk that way” about anyone in uniform, particularly those who have made huge sacrifices for their country. Buttigieg expressed his disapproval of Trump’s behavior and stated that, despite their political differences, wounded veterans should never make any President uncomfortable.
It is not the first time Trump has come under fire for his derogatory remarks towards veterans and service members. During his presidency, he faced backlash for calling military veterans “losers” and “suckers.” His continued disrespect for those who have served their country has caused outrage amongst the American public and officials alike.
Buttigieg’s passionate condemnation of Trump’s comments towards General Milley and Captain Avila reflects the widespread disgust towards the former President’s behavior. As a veteran and current government official, Buttigieg’s words hold weight and highlight the importance of respecting and honoring those who serve in the military.
As Milley prepares to retire from his position as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staffs, it is vital to remember the sacrifices he, and many others like him, have made for their country. Trump’s comments towards Milley and other service members are not only disrespectful, but they also demonstrate a lack of empathy and understanding for the sacrifices made by those in uniform. As leaders and citizens, we must show appreciation and gratitude towards our brave service members, regardless of our political views.