Dis­re­spect for troops

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - PERSPECTIVE -

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s gra­tu­itous and deroga­tory com­ments about re­tired Adm. William McRaven, the Navy SEALs and the bin Laden mat­ter are but the lat­est ex­am­ple of his dis­re­spect for the mil­i­tary.

He who wraps him­self in the flag of pa­tri­o­tism, but mag­i­cally avoided the draft, ear­lier failed to fol­low the es­tab­lished pres­i­den­tial tra­di­tion of vis­it­ing Ar­ling­ton Na­tional Ceme­tery on Vet­er­ans Day, claim­ing he was busy on the tele­phone.

Some­what ear­lier, af­ter spend­ing the tax­pay­ers’ money to go to France in recog­ni­tion of Ar­mistice Day, Trump, un­like the lead­ers of other rel­e­vant coun­tries, failed to go to the cer­e­mony, claim­ing that the rain and lo­gis­tics pre­vented his ap­pear­ance. This af­ter he had cho­sen that visit to crit­i­cize our al­lies, thereby dis­tract­ing at­ten­tion from the me­mo­rial.

More­over, so far Trump has not vis­ited any de­ployed troops, claim­ing he has been too busy, yet he has found more than am­ple time to play golf. While he is full of pa­tri­otic mouthing, it stands in sharp jux­ta­po­si­tion to his ac­tions, which have been, and are, dis­re­spect­ful of our mil­i­tary, past and present.

— William P. Gottschalk, Lake For­est

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