General James Mattis has been left alone at the Pentagon after Donald Trump and Steve Bannon have refused to let him pick his own staff, it has emerged, in more evidence that Trump is trying to use respected figures to front the infiltration of departments by Globalist operatives under the guidance of Bannon and Kushner.
Mattis has so few reliable aides that the budget for more military spending which formed a major election pledge of Trump may not be ready on time.
House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry has blamed the Trump administration’s slow pace at getting Pentagon jobs filled undercutting Trump’s claim that the White House is running fine.
“In a press conference Thursday, Thornberry said new Defense Secretary James Mattis is “doing a great job, but so far he doesn’t have anybody else in a Senate-confirmed position.” Thornberry fears holdover DoD staff who resisted his alarms over military readiness problems won’t change their stripes.
“The problem is it’s Secretary Mattis alone right now,” said Thornberry, R-Texas. “So you have a number of people, political appointees and others from the Obama administration, and they have been the ones trying to deny there’s a problem. They’re well intentioned people, patriotic Americans, but it’s hard for any of us to turn 180 degrees in the other direction.”
The administration itself has been slow to vet and name mid-tier appointees, which leaves as Mattis the lone Senate-confirmed Trump appointee to the Pentagon.
“What I’m concerned about is this whole process,” Thornberry said. “Because it’s been slow to get people in place, it’s going to be harder for the president to fulfill his promises.”