Donald and Melania Trump depart the White House for a final time.BY ANNA MONEYMAKER/THE NEW YORK TIMES/REDUX.
Adam Ciralsky, Vanity Fair: “The President Threw Us Under The Bus”: Embedding With Pentagon Leadership In Trump’s Chaotic Last Week
Throughout the final, frenzied days of the Trump administration, a reporter rode shotgun with the outgoing acting defense secretary, Christopher Miller, the man who, under the distracted eye of his commander in chief, became America’s de facto guardian.
In the hours before Donald Trump’s last flight aboard Air Force One—and Joe Biden’s inauguration on the steps of the reclaimed and restored Capitol—many Americans and TV anchors wondered what the hell the 45th president and his inner circle had been doing, or undoing, in his waning days. Until Biden took the oath of office, the country had held its collective breath. Trump, in those final weeks in office, hadn’t simply dented the guardrails of governance. He’d demolished them. In order to watch things up close, I sought and secured a front-row seat to what was happening inside the Department of Defense, the only institution with the reach and the tools—2.1 million troops and weapons of every shape and size—to counter any moves to forestall or reverse the democratic process. I came away both relieved and deeply concerned by what I witnessed.
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WNU Editor: I am not impressed with the first half of this Vanity post. The author’s biases are at play. But the last half of this Vanity post is a must read.