Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg condemned former President Donald Trump’s reported disrespect towards wounded veterans.
“No One Wants to See” Wounded Soldiers
In a Sunday morning appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg addressed the recent reports about former President Donald Trump’s alleged comments regarding wounded veterans.
These reports emerged from a profile of General Mark Milley in The Atlantic, where Milley recounted an incident where Trump expressed the sentiment that “no one wants to see” wounded soldiers.
Milley said he found Trump’s attitude to those serving their country “superficial, callous, and, at the deepest human level, repugnant.”
Host Dana Bash asked Buttigieg about Trump’s apparent disdain for service members, explicitly referencing the incident where Trump questioned the presence of an Army veteran who had lost a leg in combat singing at an event at the Pentagon.
Safeguarding the Nation
Trump reportedly said to Milley, “Why do you bring people like that here, no one wants to see that, the wounded.”
Bash also mentioned that after this article was published, Trump took to social media to attack Milley, even suggesting that he deserved the death penalty.
Buttigieg, who is a veteran himself and served in Afghanistan during his eight years in the Naval Reserve, responded to Bash’s question by condemning such behavior.
He referred to it as part of a troubling pattern of outrageous attacks on those who safeguard the nation.
“Callous” Attitude Not Befitting of Commander-in-Chief
Buttigieg emphasized that individuals like wounded veterans who have made immense sacrifices in the line of duty deserve respect, admiration, and more from every American.
He said the significance of the commander-in-chief setting a tone of appreciation and reverence for all service members.
He concluded by expressing his incredulity that an American president, who is looked up to by service members as their commander-in-chief, could hold such views or exhibit such behavior towards individuals in uniform, especially those who have placed themselves in harm’s way and made sacrifices that many Americans may never fully comprehend.
Especially those who have placed themselves in harm’s way and made sacrifices that many Americans may never fully comprehend.
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