Duckworth: Trump West Point Commencement a ‘Failure of his Role as Commander in Chief’

Thursday on MSNBC’s “The Last Word,” Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) President Donald Trump’s plans to speak at U.S. Military Academy’s graduation ceremony, causing cadets to travel back to the campus, was “a failure of his role as commander in chief.”

O’Donnell said, “Senator Duckworth, West Point, there are reports indicating they plan to test all of the returning cadets to now have to return to the state of New York, one of the most dangerous states you can travel to in America. They have to make their way back there through commercial airlines, or however, they can get back for a graduation ceremony that’s really being held for Donald Trump. Donald Trump wants to go speak there for a graduation. I know you’re a combat veteran. You have more standing than I do to comment on this. What’s your reaction to it.”

Duckworth said, “Well, forcing these cadets, 1,000 into a single location just so the president can speak at them is really a failure of his role as commander in chief. He is needlessly exposing these cadets to this virus, the potential to become sick. They can’t report to their next duty station. That means he’s now affecting military readiness. These guys and girls are, you know, they’re ready to go out and join the United States military and become the Army’s next, you know, next leader of the Army and if they get sick and God forbid if any of them get ill they have to be medically discharged from the military, now they ended careers before they started and we the taxpayers pay to send them to school for four years. This is really just, you know, I mean, it’s irresponsible is probably the kindest way I can put it. It’s ultimate narcissistic behavior by this president and who can’t seem to sink low enough on how he treats our military men and women.”

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