“Everybody’s talking about the progress you’ve made in the last few months,”Â the president told U.S. Army troops in Afghanistan, whom he called “brave, incredible fighters.”
“We’re not fighting anymore to just walk around. We’re fighting to win.”
But, as reported byÂ The Daily Caller,Â host Stephanie Ruhle began by crediting the president for giving the troops â€œa nice message, thanking them,” before turning to the panel to get their reactions.
Sighing,Â MSNBC analyst Robert Traynham was the first to respond.
â€œTwo things. One, itâ€™s nice for the president to do that. Heâ€™s the commander in chief. He should be thanking the men and women who serve and protect our freedoms,” he began,
SayingÂ that he might be â€œreading too much into this,â€ Traynham then noted that Trumpâ€™s message â€œdidnâ€™t seem to be very authentic.â€
â€œIt seemed to be heavily scripted,â€ he said.
â€œIâ€™m used to a president looking directly into the camera and thanking the men and women â€¦ for their service talking about them and not about â€˜me,â€™ meaning the president,â€ added Traynham. â€œTalking about them and what theyâ€™re doing, not about, to use his words, a beautiful tax cut.â€
â€œIt was amazing to watch him in his message to the troops doing it right then and there, talking about how the reason weâ€™re different is that this administration is letting you do your job, theyâ€™re letting you fight,â€ Greely said.
One of the biggest complaints among U.S. military vets who fought in Afghanistan and Iraq during the Obama administration was that the White House was too micromanaging of the Pentagon.
â€œThese are all cultural signals,â€ Greely contended.
â€œThe other guys, they wonâ€™t fight. They wonâ€™t let you fight,â€ he said. â€œWe let you fight. Thatâ€™s what you do for us.â€
Next up:Â Niall Stanage, a contributor for The Hill. While giving Trump some credit for calling the troops, he nevertheless criticized the president for the content of his phone call.
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â€œOn one hand, yes, itâ€™s an honorable thing to do,â€ Stanage said. â€œBut this speech is kind of pockmarked by these political points and these partisan points.â€
â€œThe idea that previous presidents didnâ€™t let the armed forces do their job. The idea â€¦ that youâ€™re fighting for something real â€¦ the real thing appears to be a booming stock market? I mean, Iâ€™m perplexed.â€
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