A Pentagon spokesman confirmed Wednesday that retired Military Col. Douglas Macgregor “shall be serving as a Senior Advisor to the Appearing Secretary of Protection. Mr. MacGregor’s many years of army expertise shall be used to help within the continued implementation of the President’s nationwide safety priorities.”
The strikes will doubtless solely add to the sense of chaos inside the Pentagon following Trump’s firing of Esper, which got here two days after his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, was projected because the winner of the presidential election — a conclusion that Trump has refused to simply accept.
Esper was changed by Christopher Miller, the director of the Nationwide Counterterrorism Heart.
Those that assumed new roles included controversial retired Brig. Gen. Anthony Tata, who moved into the Pentagon’s prime coverage function, taking on the duties of James Anderson, who resigned Tuesday, based on one other US protection official.
Macgregor has been a vocal opponent of the US army’s mission in Afghanistan and has referred to as for a complete withdrawal of US troops and the American Embassy regardless of the continued presence of terrorist teams there.
Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky who’s a robust advocate of withdrawing US troops welcomed the appointment.
“I’m more than happy @realDonaldTrump requested my pal Col. Doug Macgregor to assist shortly finish the struggle in Afghanistan. This and different picks for Pentagon are about getting the appropriate individuals who will lastly assist him cease our limitless wars,” Paul tweeted.
Educated sources informed MeSlop’s Jake Tapper on Tuesday that the White Home-directed purge at the Protection Division might have been motivated by the very fact Esper and his group have been pushing again on a untimely withdrawal from Afghanistan that may be carried out earlier than the required circumstances on the bottom have been met, and different pending safety points.
US army officers have lengthy confused that the US withdrawal from Afghanistan is circumstances based mostly, with these circumstances together with the Taliban’s breaking its ties to al Qaeda and making progress in peace talks with the Afghan authorities, two circumstances which have but to be met.
However regardless of the shortage of progress, the Trump administration has already considerably diminished US troops within the nation by greater than 50%, bringing the variety of US army personnel there all the way down to about 4,500, the bottom ranges for the reason that earliest days of the put up 9/11 marketing campaign.
Trump’s nationwide safety adviser, Robert O’Brien, has advocated for a extra accelerated withdrawal from Afghanistan regardless of circumstances on the bottom, one thing made extra possible by the set up of White Home loyalists in senior protection posts.
He has additionally referred to as for an instantaneous finish to the US army effort in Syria, the place a small variety of US troops again the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces of their combat towards ISIS.
Macgregor advocated for using deadly power towards unarmed migrants
Macgregor as soon as advocated for using deadly power towards unarmed migrants to discourage unlawful immigration from Mexico and Central America.
KFILE reviewed dozens of radio and tv interviews with Macgregor and located he typically demonized immigrants and refugees. He warned Mexican cartels have been “driving thousands and thousands of Mexicans with no schooling, no expertise and the fallacious tradition into the US, putting them primarily as wards of the American individuals.” He repeatedly advocated instituting martial legislation at the US-Mexico border and to “shoot individuals” if essential.
He additionally stated that Japanese Ukrainians are “Russians” on the Russian state-controlled TV community RT in 2014 after Russia tried to annex Crimea and commenced an ongoing struggle with Ukraine over the territory — positions not supported by the European Union and United States. He lamented that the US authorities intervened towards Serbian forces, who engaged in ethnic cleaning and struggle crimes, throughout the Kosovo Warfare within the 1990s to “put, primarily, a Muslim drug mafia answerable for that nation.”
This story has been up to date with further developments Wednesday and Thursday.
MeSlop’s Andrew Kaczynski, Em Steck, Jake Tapper and Jennifer Hansler contributed to this report.