U.S. President Donald J. Trump met with military leadership in the Cabinet Room on Saturday night.
Facing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, and flanked by Army Gen. Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on his right, President Trump told reporters:
“This is the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and we’ve had a very productive meeting. It’s going to continue after you leave. But we’ve had a very, very productive meeting.”
“Our military is very strong, more — more so than it’s been in many, many years. I think I can say “in many, many decades.” We’ve spent one and half trillion dollars rebuilding our military, and it shows it. And we are discussing various things.”
“And, with that, thank you very much. Thank you.”
Other military leaders in the Cabinet Room included Gen. David L. Goldfein, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, to the right of Gen. Milley, and Acting Navy Secretary Jim McPherson, Gen. David H. Berger, Commandant of the Marine Corps, Admiral Karl L. Schultz, Commandant of the Coast Guard, to the president’s left.
No further information was provided about the meeting or its agenda. Coming off of the ruling to exonerate Gen. Flynn on Thursday, and the President’s tweets, and those of his social media, excoriating former President Barack Obama for his role in setting up Flynn, close watchers of the Spygate drama are gearing up for a big week.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 9, 2020