Trump on Monday said Pentagon leaders don’t like him “because they want to do nothing but fight wars so that all of those wonderful companies that make the bombs and make the planes and make everything else stay happy.”
The Texas Republican was pressed on the accusation, along with allegations that the president mocked troops who were wounded or killed. Thornberry, who is not running for reelection, also defended Fox News reporter Jennifer Griffin, who Trump said should be fired after she confirmed that Trump has disparaged veterans.
Trump came under heavy criticism after the Atlantic cited anonymous sources claiming the commander in chief called wounded and dead troops “suckers” and “losers.” The White House has vehemently denied the report, though elements of the story have been corroborated by several outlets.
Following Trump’s comments about military leaders and defense contractors, Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville defended the brass on Tuesday, saying the generals would recommend sending troops to war only “as a last resort.”
Thornberry added that senior military leaders “who have to send folks into war are the most reluctant to go to war.”
“You can say, well, their judgment is wrong or they think too much alike,” Thornberry said of military leaders. “But their motivation, their patriotism is to me without question. These are remarkable individuals.”