Veterans have had enough of our so-called “commander in chief.”
Early Friday afternoon, President Trump deeply offended the leader of one of our closest and most important military partners. At a live White House press conference, President Trump flatly refused to shake the hand of German Prime Minister, Angela Merkel, even after Ms. Merkel audibly requested one.
The group VoteVets.org (@votevets) could not let that disgraceful act go unchecked. Within minutes, they tweeted a response that left no doubt about how Veterans feel about our close strategic and cultural ally – and about our President.
Germany is a cornerstone of the NATO defense alliance, the only true deterrent to Vladimir Putin’s aggression in the region, and has been a close U.S. Ally for 70 years. The U.S. Military has dozens of bases and installations in the Central European Country, and maintains a force of more than 37,000 members of the armed forces across all branches – and their families.
Kudos to our veterans for stepping-in to try to fix the President’s infantile breach of diplomacy. That can’t be an easy thing to do for those who respect the office and the rank of Commander in Chief like they do. But what does it say about our country when the man at the head of our military is neither willing nor able to represent their interests or express their sentiments on the international stage – especially after pandering to them during his campaign?
Peter Mellado is a writer, producer, and a branding and messaging specialist with over 15 years experience. He studied history at San Jose State University, and resides in Los Angeles.