President Trump Claims To Care About Military And Its Veterans When He Really Doesn’t Give A Damn

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The republican President Donald Trump keeps bragging about how much he cares about the military and the veterans which he quickly forgets this thinking as he trashes the memory of Senator John McCain, a true war hero, or besmirches the gold-star family over their son who was lost in battle, or mishandles his condolences and then blames the widow and her friend for his lack of decorum, of another fallen hero.

Does this sound familiar? President Trump sign a bill that benefits our armed force’s members but the he resists funding the law, which has many Americans asking, why did he sign the bill in the first place? Was it only a photo-op that he was after, where he could look great to his base?

Then it appears that he is doing everything possible to privatize the Veterans Administration’s medical care delivery services via the VHA when every Veterans’ organization opposes these plans with the exception of the one conservative veteran’s group CVA ( Concerned Veterans for America), backed by the Koch brothers.

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Here is the rest of the story…

On June 8, 2018, Charles Tiefer of Forbes penned the following report, Veterans Sustain Two Serious Defeats From Trump And The House To VA Health Care

Excerpts:

“Veterans face two separate challenges to the VA that have come to a boil this week – one from Trump, one from the Republican House.”

“One concerns Trump and the makeup of a commission focused on closing VA facilities.  The other concerns transferring funding of veterans’ healthcare from VA facilities to private entities.”

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“On Wednesday, Trump signed a law with a provision to establish a commission charged with conducting a nationwide “asset review” of VA infrastructure. If the commission is stacked with advocates of dismantling the VA and privatizing most care, the results could be disastrous. Congress remembers the great power of the base-closing commissions in shutting down military facilities, but at least they were able to vote the recommendations up or down. Not so with this commission; it will be empowered to make final decisions. There are likely to be regional winners and losers, and some decisions may be made to accommodate real estate developers.”

“The make-up of the commission had been a sticking point with veterans groups and lawmakers concerned about the facilities-closing review. In the statute written by Congress, it was required that several members come from traditional veterans service organizations, as well as a private-sector health care administrator, a senior government official with medical management experience, and an asset management expert. No representative of the VA’s own workforce will be included.”

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“The composition of the commission is crucial for Congress because they are handing over tremendous responsibility and authority. In a statement by Trump just hours after signing the bill into law, he limited what he would do to consult with lawmakers in appointing members of an asset review commission. Just consult. He said he will “welcome their input” but says final decisions on who will be on the panel will remain with him. Say hello to the Koch-created Concerned Veterans for America, the major organization demanding privatization no matter what the cost, financial or otherwise.”

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On June 6, 2018, Erica Werner and Lisa Rein of the Washington Post penned the following report, “Trump signs veterans health bill as White House works against bipartisan plan to fund it”

Excerpts:

“President Trump is fighting a bipartisan plan to fund the much-touted expansion of veterans health care he signed into law on Wednesday, as the White House argues against a boost in federal spending to fund the new initiative.”

“The VA Mission Act authorizes and expansion of veterans’ access to private health care, but the bill does not reserve federal money to pay for it. A group of powerful Senate committee chairmen from both parties aims to remedy that by advancing a separate measure for the new $50 billion law, saying this is the best way to ensure the new programs give veterans access to medical care.”

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But the White House has been lobbying Republicans to vote the plan down, instead asking Congress to pay for veterans programs by cutting spending elsewhere.

“The opposition to the funding plan is the latest demonstration of Trump’s variable approach to the longtime stated Republican goal of fiscal discipline. On some issues, most prominently last year’s $1.5 trillion tax bill or immigration measures such as the border wall, Trump has signed off on legislation projected to massively increase the federal deficit.”

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“On others, such as the veterans bill and emergency legislation to support communities impacted by last year’s devastating hurricanes and the California wildfires, he has demanded offseting spending cuts. Without passage of the veterans funding bill soon, lawmakers and veterans groups warn that the Veterans Affairs will be forced to make difficult trade-offs about which veterans programs should be funded.”

“You shouldn’t have to ask Congress every year for money to take care of veterans,” said John Hoellwarth, communications director for AMVETS, one of the country’s major veterans groups.

“The current debate could be a preview of spending fights to come, with the next government shutdown deadline looming on Sept. 30, just ahead of the November midterm elections. Trump has already issued demands for more money for his border wall, something likely to meet resistance in the Senate, setting up the possibility of a shutdown showdown weeks before elections that will decide control of Congress.”

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“In a memo circulated privately to Republican senators this week, White House officials slammed the leading veterans funding proposal as “anathema to responsible spending” and that predicts it would lead to ballooning costs and “virtually unlimited increases” in veterans’ spending on private health care.”

“Without subjecting the program to any budgetary constraint, there is no incentive to continue to serve veterans with innovative, streamlined and efficient quality of care,” the administration says in the memo, which was obtained by The Washington Post.”

“Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), head of the Senate Appropriations Committee, argued that if Congress does not ratify his proposal, the alternative could be to cut $10 billion a year for five years from existing programs, including initiatives within the Veterans Affairs Department.”

“If we don’t get on it we’re going to have a hole of $10 billion in our approps,” Shelby said Tuesday, predicting “some real trouble.”

“Shelby is joined in his effort by the top Appropriations Committee Democrat, Patrick J. Leahy (Vt.), as well as the leaders of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Chairman Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) and Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.).”

“Their coalition reflects a renewed commitment in the Senate to completing spending bills on a bipartisan basis after years of budget dysfunction.”

“Their effort has run into stringent opposition from a White House still reeling from conservative backlash to the $1.3 trillion government-wide spending bill Trump signed in March. The deal broke through previous spending caps with huge increases in domestic spending Democrats demanded in exchange for military spending sought by Republicans.”

Link to entire report: Trump signs veterans health bill as White House works against…It .

See: Trump Signs $55 Billion Bill to Replace VA Choice Program | Military

See: New Veterans Affairs chief plans to reassign, sideline Trump loyalists/ Washington Post

11 comments

  1. Couldn’t agree more. The man is a complete charlatan. Makes out that he is a great patriot and loves to have his photo taken with soldiers and veterans because, as you rightly says, his base think he really is saving the country. However, look behind the glitz and glitter of the photo-ops and you really see what is really happening – he is secretly screwing the military just as he does eveyone else.

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    • Dear Ivankinsman,

      There are those policies that highlight the president’s lack of caring about anyone or anything beyond himself.

      The one that gets me, was his immigration orders to forcibly separate children from refugee parents who were legally seeking refuge at the southern US-Mexican border.

      The second one is where he is lying and harming our military veterans who have made tremendous sacrifices for our country and who deserve so much better.

      To my way of thinking, President Trump represents the face of evil.

      Hugs, Gronda

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    • Dear Suzanne,

      It seems that someone should investigate how the president benefits if the Veterans Administration goes private. This is an idea that the Koch brothers heavily favor. The Vet groups with the one exception of the conservative VET group (CVA) Concerned Veterans of America, backed by the Koch brothers, oppose these privatization plans that are in the process of being implemented.

      Thanks a million for all your support and for this reblog.

      Hug, Gronda

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  2. It’s kinda like seniors voting for a man who will reduce their social security and Medicare. They seem to vote against their own best interests….ludicrous!

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    • Dear Mary Plumbago,

      I think this time the President will be losing a significant portion of the military vote. For many, the Helsinki summit was a bridge too far when the president ended up kow-towing to the likes of Russia’s President Putin.

      The admonition against President Trump by Admiral William McRaven and the former defense secretary, Bob Gates will do a lot of damage, as both are revered by the military.

      Hugs, Gronda

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      • I posted Admiral McRavens admonition on my Facebook page. I thought it was wonderful! I have a few idiot neighbors who will still support trump. They only listen to fox and Rush….it’s disgusting!

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  3. Gronda, it is all image. My favorite example is when he was too frightened of Meghan Kelly to appear at the next debate (Mommy, she was mean to me and asked me real questions). He had a fund raiser for the vets. It was six months later when a reporter noted Trunp had not paid the vets. This story sums up Trump in a nutshell. Keith

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    • Dear Keith,

      I had forgotten about his attempting to fleece the vets out of monies he was purported to have raised in a charity event. How cheap can one get?

      He loves his image. It’s too bad the press keeps giving him so much coverage to where his ego is constantly being fed with all the attention.

      Hugs, Gronda

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  4. I would venture to say many of his supporters are veterans (the older ones at least). Will they FINALLY see him for what he is if he’s able to carry out his privatization plan?

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  5. Dear Nan,

    The older vets are up in arms over what the president is trying to do to the Veterans’ Administration. His desire to privatize this organization has nothing to do with acting in the best interests of our vets. All the veterans’ groups with the exception of the Koch backed conservative group (CVA) Concerned Veterans of America), are fighting him tooth and nail.

    Hugs, Gronda

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