Trump says Pentagon leaders are under defense industry's influence

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference on the North Portico of the White House Monday Sept. 7 2020 in Washington

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference on the North Portico of the White House Monday Sept. 7 2020 in Washington

"We take this very, very seriously in how we make our recommendations and ..." "I feel very strong about it".

After noting that he's spoken with top military leaders - who he said includes those who have sons and daughters previously and now in combat - McConville expressed that sending troops to combat is not a decision that is taken lightly.

"I'm not saying the military's in love with me - the soldiers are", Trump said. "The top people at the Pentagon probably aren't because they want to do nothing but fight wars so all of those wonderful companies that make the bombs and make the planes and make everything else stay happy".

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on Tuesday said Trump's comments were not directed at Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Army General Mark Milley, who serves as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, or other military leaders.

"We live in a political environment, but we're an apolitical organization", the general said.

Ms McCain, the daughter of late former senator and Vietnam veteran John McCain, explained that while usually, she harbours a "distrust of unnamed sources" as were referenced in The Atlantic's article, she feels the accusations "have legs" because the president has a "record of insulting veterans". "And, I think, it really must remain that way, especially with an election coming up".

McConville has three children and a son-in-law now serving in the Army, most of whom have served combat deployments. So has retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, who served as secretary of Defense under Mr. Trump.

In response, Ms Huckabee Sanders insisted that the president was consistently respectful towards the military during her time in office.

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"But we're getting out of endless wars", Trump added.

Trump has pulled thousands of troops from combat zones in recent months.

But the US President, who by some accounts is poorly grounded in history notwithstanding his self-aggrandizement as a genius who knows everything, retweeted several commentators who invoked the Eisenhower comparison, including a supporter who said "President Eisenhower said much the same back in 1961, warning the nation about the Military-Industrial Complex". That's a big shift from 2016, when the same publication's survey found Mr. Trump leading Hillary Clinton by two-to-one among active-duty military.

"Some people don't like to come home", Trump said Monday.

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The US President attack on his own military of which he is commander in chief came amid continuing disquiet about allegations that he belittled military service and called men in uniform who died or were captured in action suckers and losers.

"Obviously, I can't prove the negative that he never said those things..." "There is nobody that has more respect for not only our military, but for people that gave their lives in the military".

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