Pentagon chief warned overseas commanders not to surprise White House on coronavirus measures: report

  
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Pentagon chief warned overseas commanders not to surprise White House on coronavirus measures: report
The commander in chief has also sought to downplay the virus’s impact on financial markets and claimed on Monday night that “Washington Democrats are trying to politicize the coronavirus.” But in the Defense Department, military leaders are scrambling to make sure their troops are protected.

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Pentagon chief warned overseas commanders not to surprise White House on coronavirus measures: report


Defense Secretary   Mark Esper   asked overseas military commanders to not to make any coronavirus-related decisions that could surprise the White House or contradict   President Trump ’s statements on the illness,  The New York Times reported .

Esper gave the directive last week during a video teleconference call with U.S. combatant commanders based overseas, telling the military leaders that they should check back with the Pentagon before making any moves to help shield U.S. forces from COVID-19, defense officials told The Times.

The Trump administration has  sought to ease concerns about the virus , with the president insisting last week that the virus is under control.

As of Monday, there are more than 100 known coronavirus cases in 15 states, with six deaths in Washington state. 

Trump has since changed his messaging, saying that health officials expect more cases but that there was no reason to panic. 

The commander in chief has also sought to downplay the virus’s impact on financial markets and  claimed on Monday night  that “Washington Democrats are trying to politicize the coronavirus.”

But in the Defense Department,  military leaders are scrambling  to make sure their troops are protected.

In the past week the department has canceled a joint military exercise with South Korea and in Israel, restricted access to public areas at Army installations in Italy, ordered a stop to nonessential travel in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region, and directed all ships that have visited countries in the Pacific region to remain at sea for 14 days.

Though only one active-duty soldier has tested positive for the virus in South Korea, more than 75,000 U.S. forces are in countries that are experiencing outbreaks.


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JohnRussell
1  seeder  JohnRussell    one month ago

Trump is the deep state he has warned himself against. 

 
 
 
WallyW
1.1  WallyW  replied to  JohnRussell @1    one month ago

“Washington Democrats are trying to politicize the coronavirus.”

Other Democrats seem to want to cause the people to  panic.

What are the Dems doing about this outbreak?

 
 
 
igknorantzrulz
1.1.1  igknorantzrulz  replied to  WallyW @1.1    one month ago

this is what happens Wally when you don't call out the LIAR IN CHIEF !

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
1.1.2  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  WallyW @1.1    one month ago

"What are the Dems doing about this outbreak?"

They're using it as a political game.  Not that we expect them to do anything that would benefit the country.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
1.1.3  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  igknorantzrulz @1.1.1    one month ago

FFS give it a break.  Name ONE politician that doesnt lie.  Just one.  

I'll wait.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
1.1.4  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @1.1.3    one month ago

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POLITICIANS                                      TRUMP'S  

LIES                                                      LIES

 
 
 
JohnRussell
1.1.5  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  JohnRussell @1.1.4    one month ago

It's NOT the same thing Jeremy. Open your eyes .

 
 
 
MUVA
1.1.6  MUVA  replied to  JohnRussell @1.1.4    one month ago

You like the liars you like I get it now.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
1.1.7  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  MUVA @1.1.6    one month ago

If one guy lies 5 times, and the other guy lies 500 times they are not the same thing. 

Is an ounce the same thing as 5 pounds ? 

Is an inch the same thing as 5 yards? 

"Everyone lies" is a ridiculous excuse for trump's constant lying. 

 
 
 
MUVA
1.1.8  MUVA  replied to  JohnRussell @1.1.7    one month ago

You are comparing him to life long lying politicians he isn't even in Chuck you Schumer league.The people you have to compare him to have made their whole careers  out of being  lying shit bags . Maybe in 20 years he could come close to a Nancy or Schitt.You may be easily fooled I'm not. 

 
 
 
igknorantzrulz
1.1.9  igknorantzrulz  replied to  MUVA @1.1.8    one month ago

overfooled

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
1.1.10  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  JohnRussell @1.1.5    one month ago

It is the same.  Every politician lies.  You're failure to name one politician that doesn't re-enforces that.  But for some reason, you are overlooking ALL the other politicians and focusing on the President for what reason? 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
1.1.11  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  MUVA @1.1.8    one month ago
The people you have to compare him to have made their whole careers  out of being  lying shit bags .

I am flabbergasted at the naivete. 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
1.1.12  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @1.1.10    one month ago
It is the same.  Every politician lies.  You're failure to name one politician that doesn't re-enforces that.  But for some reason, you are overlooking ALL the other politicians and focusing on the President for what reason? 

Because he's lied to the American people 16,000 times? 

YOU name one other politician that newspapers have kept track of their lies to the tune of 16,000 times.  YOU can't. 

I have given up trying to be reasonable with trump supporters. It is usually a lost cause. 

 
 
 
1stwarrior
1.1.13  1stwarrior  replied to  JohnRussell @1.1.12    one month ago

Bug-eyed Adam Schiff?  Slobbering Jerry Nadler?  Back-stabber Chuck Schumer?

Gee, and that's only three.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
1.1.14  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  JohnRussell @1.1.12    one month ago
YOU name one other politician that newspapers have kept track of their lies to the tune of 16,000 times.  YOU can't. 

Biden, Obama, Clinton (both), Schiff, Pelosi, Waters........

I have given up trying to be reasonable with trump supporters.

[deleted  JR is not the topic]

 
 
 
JohnRussell
1.1.15  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @1.1.14    one month ago
YOU name one other politician that newspapers have kept track of their lies to the tune of 16,000 times.  YOU can't. 
Biden, Obama, Clinton (both), Schiff, Pelosi, Waters........

None of those people have a list of 16000 lies that was printed in a newspaper. 

 
 
 
The Magic Eight Ball
1.1.16  The Magic Eight Ball  replied to  JohnRussell @1.1.15    one month ago
that was printed in a newspaper.

keywords.

which would be why no one with any sense trusts the media anymore.

"the media" is straight up full of shit    ( _both sides )

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
1.1.17  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  JohnRussell @1.1.15    one month ago

How cute.  You think the media is honest.  

 
 
 
squiggy
1.2  squiggy  replied to  JohnRussell @1    one month ago

Not really. These higher-level assholes expect the built-in deniability that the chain-of-command offers yet don't mind publicly blind-siding the boss. Make a dick out of Esper and it's time for Shady Pines.

 
 
 
Ender
2.1  Ender  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @2    one month ago

I call it pandering.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
2.2  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @2    one month ago

Let's agree that Trump has one billion dollars of net worth.  When he gives 100,000 dollars to charity, that is the same thing as someone with the median U.S. net worth ($97,000) giving  $9.70  to charity.  (1/10,000)

He wants praise for donating 1/10,000 of his wealth to fight coronavirus? 

Hip hip hooray !

 
 
 
Texan1211
2.2.1  Texan1211  replied to  JohnRussell @2.2    one month ago

why would anyone be criticized for a fucking donation???

 
 
 
JohnRussell
2.2.2  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Texan1211 @2.2.1    one month ago

I guess for the same reason someone is praised for giving 1/10,000 of their money. 

 
 
 
igknorantzrulz
2.2.3  igknorantzrulz  replied to  Texan1211 @2.2.1    one month ago
why would anyone be criticized for a fucking donation???

when he considers our tax dollars to be his personal enrichment foundation

donations, was banned from operating a charity, as he profitted from it, guy ?

is that why you might inquire about an inquiry kinda material ?

 
 
 
Texan1211
2.2.4  Texan1211  replied to  JohnRussell @2.2.2    one month ago
I guess for the same reason someone is praised for giving 1/10,000 of their money. 

Where in this thread has anyone praised Trump?

Unless pointing out a fact is praise to you because of your extreme Trump bias?

 
 
 
bugsy
2.2.5  bugsy  replied to  Texan1211 @2.2.4    one month ago
extreme Trump bias?

Or otherwise known as extreme TDS. If they deny it, they suffer from it.

 
 
 
igknorantzrulz
2.2.6  igknorantzrulz  replied to  Texan1211 @2.2.4    one month ago

i'd appraise his ass sets as a worthless than more worth while causes 

.

some to be ill

conceived 

 
 
 
igknorantzrulz
2.2.7  igknorantzrulz  replied to  bugsy @2.2.5    one month ago

Or otherwise known as extreme TDS. If they deny it, they suffer from it.

did you come up with that one  ?

 
 
 
JohnRussell
2.2.8  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Texan1211 @2.2.4    one month ago

didnt someone put up a link saying trump donated his quarterly salary?  what does that have to do with the seed?

im glad he donated some money, but its not notable.  Its 1/10,000th  of his money. 

do you want to drop the subject or do you want me to say it again ? 

 
 
 
Texan1211
2.2.9  Texan1211  replied to  JohnRussell @2.2.8    one month ago
didnt someone put up a link saying trump donated his quarterly salary?  what does that have to do with the seed?

Yes, they did. You brought up praising Trump in post 2.2.2.

I asked who praised Trump for you to bring it up.

im glad he donated some money, but its not notable.  Its 1/10,000th  of his money. 

As a President who has donated his salary, it is notable. Not many Presidents have ever done that.

do you want to drop the subject or do you want me to say it again ? 

Sure, I can easily drop the topic YOU brought up but no longer wish to discuss. No problem!

 
 
 
JohnRussell
2.2.10  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Texan1211 @2.2.9    one month ago

Never fucking mind. I'm not going to humor you all night. 

Trump donated 1/10000 th of his money (based on him being a billionaire).  Whoop de do. 

 
 
 
Texan1211
2.2.11  Texan1211  replied to  JohnRussell @2.2.10    one month ago
Trump donated 1/10000 th of his money (based on him being a billionaire).

yes, you have posted that already.

Whoop de do. 

yeah, doesn't seem like a big deal to me, which made me wonder why it was worth bringing up by you to start with.

 
 
 
Thrawn 31
2.2.12  Thrawn 31  replied to  Texan1211 @2.2.11    one month ago

Who do you believe, Trump, or all the public health professionals? For example, if the CDC says one thing, and Trump says the opposite, in all honesty whose advice will you take? And I mean like your life is on the line. 

 
 
 
1stwarrior
2.2.13  1stwarrior  replied to  Texan1211 @2.2.1    one month ago

If your name is Trump - he's fair game to a number of whiners on NT.

 
 
 
1stwarrior
2.2.14  1stwarrior  replied to  JohnRussell @2.2.10    one month ago

Yeah - and he DONATES his Presidential salary each pay period.

Four presidents refused a salary. Instead, they donated all or part of it.

    • Donald J. Trump donates his $400,000 annual salary to various federal departments. Trump's net worth  is $3.1 billion, according to Forbes.
    • John F. Kennedy donated his $100,000 salary to charity.  He retained the $50,000 entertainment allowance. Kennedy inherited a multimillion-dollar trust fund. He had also donated his salary while serving 14 years in Congress.
    • Herbert Hoover  divided his salary between various charities. He gave some of it to his staff. Hoover's net worth was around $4 million in 1913, worth $103 million today.
      George Washington donated his $25,000 salary. He used some of it for travel expenses. He needed a special chariot to take him through the rugged roads of the South. He had also foregone a salary while he was our nation's military commander.

https://www.thebalance.com/presidents-salary-4579867

 
 
 
Tacos!
3  Tacos!    one month ago
Trump has since changed his messaging

Our information has changed, too. Now we know we have community transfer of the virus. Before, experts assumed that for someone to be infected, they either had to be traveling from China or have been in close contact with someone who had. Now we have people infected in the U.S. and we don't know how they were infected. 

 
 
 
igknorantzrulz
3.1  igknorantzrulz  replied to  Tacos! @3    one month ago

Damn Democratic Hoaxes !

 
 
 
Thrawn 31
4  Thrawn 31    one month ago

Awesome,

The pussy in chief is so sensitive to bad news that our troops should become hotbeds of infection and the alarm shouldn't be sounded. 

 
 
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