Promotions for Female Generals Were Delayed Over Fears of Trump’s Reaction
Washington – Last fall, the Pentagon’s most senior leaders agreed that the two top generals should be promoted to elite, four-star commands.
The then Secretary of Defense Mark T. For the thesaurus and General Mark A. Milli, chief of staff, the difficult part was that both full officers were women. In 2020, under US President Trump, both Pentagon leaders feared that any candidate other than white men The jobs are mostly held by white men There may be uproar once his nomination to the White House.
Mr. Groff and General Miley worried if they even raised his name – Air Force General Jacqueline D. Van Ovost and Army Lieutenant General Laura J. Richardson – Trump will replace the White House with his candidates before he leaves office.
Pentagon officials therefore agreed on an unusual strategy: They held back their recommendations until after the November elections, stating that if Joseph R. If Biden Jr. won, he and his allies would be more supporters of Pentagon Pix than Mr. Trump, who had a feud with Mr. Groff and has a history of disliking women. They still stick to the plan Mr. Trump six days after the election.
“They chose because they were the best officers for the jobs, and I didn’t want their promotions derailed because someone in the Trump White House saw that I recommended them or thought the DoD was playing politics,” Mr. . Referring to the Department of Defense. “That was not the case. They were the best qualified. We were doing the right thing.”
The strategy may soon pay off. Over the next few weeks, Mr. Arizona’s successor, Lloyd J. Austin III, and General Miley are expected to send late recommendations to the White House, where officials are expected to support the nomination and formally submit it to the Senate for approval.
The story of the unusual path of two officers to the promotion – General Van Ovost, who oversees the military’s vast global transport network, to command the Transport Command; And Southern Command chief General Richardson, who oversees military activities in Latin America – the last week of the Trump administration is clouded by uncertainty, and unconventional moves by senior officials to shield the Department of Defense for actions they believe Were that they could endanger policy and personnel.
Pentagon officials say that Mr.
Trump’s sudden firing of Mr. Trump and Mr. Establish a group of hard-line loyalists in senior jobs at the Pentagon High officials pushed for more aggressive action against Iran and an imminent withdrawal of most US forces from Afghanistan over military objections.
Mr. Trump also named One of those loyalists, Michael EllisAgency Director General Paul M. The National Security Agency should have a general counsel on Nakasan’s objections. The White House appointed several Trump loyalists to advisory boards of the Pentagon, governing boards of military service academies such as West Point, and other positions that could outlast the Trump administration.
Mr. Trump, in the last months of his presidency, had gone sour on both Mr. Oslo and the General, whom he saw as the movement’s ideas to change the country after the assassination of George Floyd. Minneapolis Police last year.
When General Mill apologized in June In order for Mr. Trump to join his photo-op walk across Lafayette Square, which was evacuated from protesters by law enforcement in riot gear using tear gas, Mr. Trump asked for his top general’s apology to aid Removed.
Then, in June, Mr. Ohio and General Mile made a plan. Renamed 10 Army bases that honored Confederate generals, Mr. Trump downed him in a string of Twitter messages, writing that “my administration will not even consider the names of these magnificent and capable military installations.”
And after Mr. O’Far and General Miley both opposed Mr. Trump’s wishes Enforce the Insurance Act In order to deploy active-duty troops on American roads to battle supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement, Mr. Trump explicitly stated from both sides that he was unhappy with both men. Mr. He spoke about the firing last summer. But on November 9, a few days after losing the election, Mr. Trump did a good job on his wishes and replaced his Secretary of Defense.
These busy personnel changes and Christopher C. Amid the unpredictable experience of the Miller-led department, an inexperienced Secretary of Defense, Mr. Ohro and General Miley decided to withdraw some of the top candidates, including Generals van Ovoost and Richardson, until Mr. Trump and his aide office moved from.
Some former officials of the Trump administration disputed the notion that the nomination was delayed because of any White House hostility toward female candidates. Officials said the Senate did not have time to consider any year’s nomination, so the Pentagon decided to submit its names after assuming the new Congress in January.
In an interview, Miller, who served as acting secretary of defense for nearly three months, said, “It was about the ideas of the times, not those about women.”
Had Mr. Trump won re-election, officials said, General Miley would have sent recommendations to the White House for approval for the best hope. But General and Mr. Zero thought that personnel choices faced a smooth selection process under a new Biden administration.
Mr. Biden and Mr. Austin could always choose other candidates, but Mr. Oslo and General Miley were confident that the new team would support their selections, which were evaluated and evaluated over several months.
Colonel Dave Butler, a spokesman for General Mill, declined to comment for this article.
General Van Ovost is already a four-star officer, heading the Air Force Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. Officials said that as a veteran commander and graduate of the Air Force Academy, General van Ovost’s head of multi-service transport command, Scott is based at the Air Force Base.
General Richardson is a three-star commander of the Army component of the Pentagon’s Northern Command, based in San Antonio, which is instrumental in providing logistical support to FEMA’s Kovid vaccination program.
“Very capable, great team builder,” Anthony R., a retired commander of the Army’s First Cavalry Division. Eyardi, where General Richardson was a subordinate, said in an email. “Work is done.”