Trump has appointed people loyal to him to the Pentagon

After the dismissal of Defense Minister Mark Esper, new reshuffles occurred in the military department.

A day after President Donald Trump fired Defense Minister Mark Esper, three loyal supporters of the president were appointed to senior positions in the defense department.

Among them was a former Fox News columnist who failed to go through the Senate approval process because of offensive remarks, including about Islam.

The sudden change caused nervousness at the Pentagon, as civilian and military officials in the agency began to expect with strain what would happen next. Appointments have increased fears of new layoffs for people considered insufficiently loyal to Trump.

When James Anderson, acting deputy defense minister for political affairs, resigned Tuesday morning, he was immediately replaced by retired general Anthony Tata.

Soon after, Navy Vice Admiral Joseph Kernan resigned as Deputy Minister for Intelligence, precipitating a previously planned departure after the election. Kernan was succeeded by Ezra Cohen-Watnik, who became Acting Deputy Minister.

The reshuffle took place on the second day of Christopher Miller’s work as head of the defense ministry. Miller also brought his chief of staff, Kash Patel, who will replace Jan Stewart, who served in that capacity under Esper.

Patel and Cohen-Watnik are considered loyal supporters of Trump and previously served on the National Security Council.

The media linked Patel to efforts to discredit the investigation into the relationship between Trump’s headquarters and Russia.

Cohen-Watnik was the protégé of Trump’s first national security advisor, Michael Flynn, but was replaced in the summer of 2017 by Flynn’s successor, Herbert McMaster, during a series of reshuffles at the White House and the National Security Council.

Although the personnel reshuffles have increased the turmoil since Esper left, it is unclear how much of this will affect the Pentagon’s enormous bureaucracy.

The defense ministry is based on the principle of civilian control of the armed forces, and much of its daily work is carried out by career political experts and military leaders in the u.s. and around the world who hold strict subordination.

This is Trump’s second attempt to appoint Tattoo to that political office. The president had already nominated him for the post earlier this year, but the Senate cancelled the hearing on Tata’s candidacy when it became clear that it would be difficult or even impossible for him to get approval.

After the dismissal of Defense Minister Mark Esper, new reshuffles occurred in the military department.

A day after President Donald Trump fired Defense Minister Mark Esper, three loyal supporters of the president were appointed to senior positions in the defense department.

Among them was a former Fox News columnist who failed to go through the Senate approval process because of offensive remarks, including about Islam.

The sudden change caused nervousness at the Pentagon, as civilian and military officials in the agency began to expect with strain what would happen next. Appointments have increased fears of new layoffs for people considered insufficiently loyal to Trump.

When James Anderson, acting deputy defense minister for political affairs, resigned Tuesday morning, he was immediately replaced by retired general Anthony Tata.

Soon after, Navy Vice Admiral Joseph Kernan resigned as Deputy Minister for Intelligence, precipitating a previously planned departure after the election. Kernan was succeeded by Ezra Cohen-Watnik, who became Acting Deputy Minister.

The reshuffle took place on the second day of Christopher Miller’s work as head of the defense ministry. Miller also brought his chief of staff, Kash Patel, who will replace Jan Stewart, who served in that capacity under Esper.

Patel and Cohen-Watnik are considered loyal supporters of Trump and previously served on the National Security Council.

The media linked Patel to efforts to discredit the investigation into the relationship between Trump’s headquarters and Russia.

Cohen-Watnik was the protégé of Trump’s first national security advisor, Michael Flynn, but was replaced in the summer of 2017 by Flynn’s successor, Herbert McMaster, during a series of reshuffles at the White House and the National Security Council.

Although the personnel reshuffles have increased the turmoil since Esper left, it is unclear how much of this will affect the Pentagon’s enormous bureaucracy.

The defense ministry is based on the principle of civilian control of the armed forces, and much of its daily work is carried out by career political experts and military leaders in the u.s. and around the world who hold strict subordination.

This is Trump’s second attempt to appoint Tattoo to that political office. The president had already nominated him for the post earlier this year, but the Senate cancelled the hearing on Tata’s candidacy when it became clear that it would be difficult or even impossible for him to get approval.

In 2018, Tata reportedly published tweets calling Islam “the most despotic and violent religion” he knew, as well as calling ex-President Barack Obama a “terrorist leader” and declaring him a Muslim. These tweets were later removed.