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Naval War College Professor: Trump’s Tweets Toward Schiff Are ‘Terribly Irresponsible’

A U.S. Naval War College professor tweeted several responses to attacks President Donald Trump made against Rep. Adam Schiff, the chairman of the Intelligence Committee who is heading many aspects of the impeachment inquiry into the commander-in-chief.

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Trump made several tweets on Sunday directed toward Schiff, accusing him of committing criminal acts and even suggesting he engaged in treasonous behavior.

“[Schiff] wrote down and read terrible things, then said it was from the mouth of the President of the United States. I want Schiff questioned at the highest level for Fraud & Treason,” Trump wrote, per reporting from Newsweek.

Burbach responded to that tweet, and more from Trump, where he made other attacks against Schiff and the impeachment inquiry in general. Burbach took issue with Trump’s words, noting that the president, who has many tools at his disposal, was making worrisome threats to another lawmaker.

“This is a real head of state with great legal authority in charge of US Marshalls and FBI agents and an awesome military machine. This. Is. For. Real,” Burbach wrote.

In a separate tweet, Burbach, quoting Trump again, noted that the president himself was quoting another personality, Pastor Robert Jeffress, who stated on Fox News that the impeachment inquiry would possibly lead to Civil War. In spite of it not being Trump’s direct words, Burbach noted that his promotion of them, through his favorite communications channel Twitter, nevertheless was troublesome.

“A quote vs his own words, but this is still a terribly irresponsible thing for the President to say,” Burbach said.

Burbach has expertise in a number of subjects, including on how public opinion can affect foreign policy objectives. His cautionary words against the president likely stems from that background. Burbach also has spoken extensively on “civil-military relations,” his faculty biography noted.

In a third tweet, Burbach wondered out loud whether his tweets criticizing the president would adversely affect his livelihood, adding that “Americans shouldn’t have to live like this.”



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