Donald Trump's new military pick raises concerns about his administration
By Charleston Lim
The open and empty positions in president-elect Trump's administration are now being slowly filled up with new personnel, but it seems like some citizens and even members of Congress are showing their concerns for Trump's selections. Just this week, Trump announced that he has selected Marine Gen. John F. Kelly as the country's new secretary of homeland security. Kelly will be the third former member of the military to be assigned to one of the highest administrative positions in the country. He will also be joining a slew of other appointees with military backgrounds.
Aside from Kelly, reports have revealed that Trump may very well add two more military figures within his administration. Trump's continued trend of adding military commanders has started to worry several political officials, including Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), who is a member of the Foreign Relations Committee.
"I'm concerned. Each of these individuals may have great merit in their own right, but what we've learned over the past 15 years is that when we view problems in the world through a military lens, we make big mistakes." Murphy had mentioned.
Ever since his campaign trail, leading up to his election, Trump has continually shown an affinity towards military commanders. One of Trump's advisers even described his priority of people to appoint as "can-do, no-bull types," which is a clear departure from the types of people that were appointed to their respective positions during the Obama administration.
When Trump officially takes office, and if Kelly does get approved for the position, he will be joining several other figures with military backgrounds. Kelly will join retired Marine General James Mattis, who Trump nominated as the new defense secretary, and retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, who Trump picked as the White House national security adviser. Other military figures being considered for different positions includes retired Army Gen. David H. Petraeus as secretary of state, and Navy Adm. Michael S. Rogers as director of national intelligence.