Sen. Duckworth: Trump Values Ratings Over Health of Cadets

Thousands of college seniors were looking forward to graduation ceremonies in the coming months. For the vast majority of those students those events will be cancelled, or at a minimum, postponed.

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The cadets at West Point, however, will have a different experience. They’ll be called back to campus for a graduation ceremony featuring Donald Trump. According to Illinois Senator and decorated veteran, Tammy Duckworth, the President is valuing television ratings over the health of those students.

The Purple Heart recipient said in a statement, “Trump’s reckless decision to gather 1,000 Cadets at West Point for a speech puts our future military leaders at increased risk — all to stroke his own ego.”

Duckworth continued:

”Our troops need stable, consistent leadership during volatile times like these, not a Commander-in-Chief who values his own photo ops and TV ratings over their health and safety. I urge President Trump to evaluate the potential consequences of this vanity speech and reconsider holding the event.”

The Illinois senator wasn’t the only lawmaker to rip into Trump for the decision. Representative Jackie Speier, who chairs the Subcommittee of Military Personnel remarked, “He’s forcing the creation of crowds in hopes of generating applause and adulation. It’s always about him. That’s why we have almost 1 million infected and over 50,000 Americans dead.”

The graduation ceremony is set to take place on June 13th.


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