In an attempt to get Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and right hand, some much-needed good press, the Trump Administration put military personnel’s lives at risk, including Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Between causing turmoil in the White House, and trouble with Russia, Trump wanted to make Kushner look heroic, announcing that Kushner was in Iraq.
The problem? Kushner was not yet in Iraq—he was en route to Iraq with Dunford. This broke the standard protocol for someone visiting a war zone, and was, as military professionals put it, “a security breach.” Even Former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama’s surprise visits to the military in Iraq were not announced until they had arrived.
The reason for the security and secrecy is that Baghdad is still a hot zone. Iraqi forces are fighting against ISIS, making travel into Iraq extremely dangerous. Because of this, “the military seeks to avoid public mention of plans ahead of time, so extremist groups can’t plot attacks.” Kushner essentially made it possible for ISIS to plan and launch an attack on him and any military figures present.
This isn’t even the first time Trump or someone in his administration broke protocol. When Trump went to honor the returning remains of a fallen Navy SEAL, he left White House grounds in Marine One in daylight, visible to everyone, despite that the press were told to keep it quiet.
Every day, Trump is putting more people at risk. Now it’s the individuals who are supposed to keep us safe.