Donald Trump is a carnival-barking huckster. To him, everything is for sale — including our national security.
We’re honoring the service of our nation’s veterans with ACTION
Our servicemembers, veterans, and their families are under attack from President Trump — and we’re laying out his entire record on these issues throughout this site. As veterans and military families, we’re putting the President on notice: We’re organizing nonstop from now until next November to elect a Commander-in-Chief and Congress deserving of our service and sacrifice.
OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AT RISK
As President of the United States and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, Donald Trump’s chaotic “leadership” and obsession with his own ego and financial interest have combined to weaken America’s place on the world stage, embolden our enemies, and alienate our allies. Trump has refused to accept the U.S. Intelligence community’s own conclusion that Russia attacked our democracy in 2016, while cozying up to Putin and spilling classified information to the Russian Ambassador in the Oval Office. His approach to diplomacy with North Korea has yielded no substantive commitments from the regime, and has centered on a bizarre personal relationship between the two strongmen to include “love letters.” At the request of Turkey’s President, Trump ordered an unplanned and hasty withdrawal of all U.S. forces from Northern Syria — abandoning our Kurdish partners who fought side-by-side to deny ISIS a physical stronghold, and leaving the Kurds to be slaughtered. There are countless examples Trump’s erratic behavior on the world stage putting Americans at risk. But it comes down to this: those who’ve worn the uniform of our country — past and present — deserve a Commander-in-Chief worthy of their service and sacrifice, and all Americans deserve a President who puts our national security first.
Donald Trump withdrew from the Paris Climate Agreement. The Department of Defense has described climate chnage as a “threat multiplier because it has the potential to exacerbate many of the challenges we are dealing with today — from infectious disease to terrorism.” Trump doesn’t care.
Thanks to years of diligent diplomatic efforts by President Obama, the United States and key allies reached a deal to prevent the Iranian regime from building a nuclear weapon. That deal was working — right up until Donald Trump tore up the agreement to spite his predecessor and put the United States on the path to all-time high tensions with Iran.
The US military has the best explosive experts in the world. Trump is running them ragged — pushing them out of the military and making us less safe.
Donald Trump claimed that Iran was posed and imminent danger to America as pretext to the assasination of Iranian Gen Qassem Suleimani in a drone strike. It was later found that Trump authorized the operation in June of 2019, and chose to execute the plan to appease GOP senators who he needed to protect him during his impeachment trial. Even Trump’s own defense secretary admitted that there was no tangible threat from Iran when Trump ordered the strike. His actions put U.S. service members and diplomatic staff around the globe in danger.
TRUMP’S ATTACKS ON VETERANS
Donald Trump has disrespected and devalued the service of veterans since the beginning days of his campaign — deriding the late Senator and POW John McCain as “not a real war hero because he was captured” and claiming that avoidance of sexaully-transmitted diseases in New York City in the 80’s was his own “personal Vietnam.” But beyond his disrespect, Trump has also allowed the chaos and corruption core to his Administration to get in the way of caring for our nation’s men and women in uniform — past, present, and future. Trump allowed open warfare between his own political appointees at the White House and the Department of Veterans Affairs to throw the VA — our VA — into chaos, resulting in the firing of his first VA Secretary. Then he tried to nominate his unqualified, personal physician to run the 9,000,000+ patient healthcare system. And throughout, outsiders with financial interests in VA contracts — like the “Mar-A-Lago three” — have been putting profits ahead of patients.
When members of the military are worried that the benefits they earned won’t be there when they separate from the service, they’re not able to fully focus on the mission at hand. Donald Trump undermining the VA therefore hurts our national security.
Here are some of the scandals that Trump has allowed to harm the lives of veterans.
Donald Trump handed over the future of the VA — our VA — to some of his country club friends.
Dr. Ronnie Jackson said the president was in excellent health. For this, Donald Trump nominated him to lead the VA. He was so unqualified, he had to withdraw his nomination.
Donald Trump lies about everything, including donating money to veterans’ charities.
Predatory lenders target the military. Donald Trump made is easier for them.
Trump campaigned on protecting VA whistleblowers and holding those who wrong veterans accountable. He’s failed entirely.
TRUMP HATES MILITARY FAMILIES
Before even taking office, Donald Trump made mocking Gold Star Families a centerpiece of his 2016 presidential campaign. As President, Trump and Congressional Republicans have doubled down on their attacks against military families and families of the fallen. From spiking taxes on military death benefits to ripping money away from military school construction funding to pay for his racist wall and devaluing the service of immigrant and LGBTQ service members, Donald Trump has demeaned and degraded military families since day zero.
As morally reprehensible as these attacks are, they also impact the readiness of our force, and takes their attention away from their missions. Donald Trump’s attacks on our military families and service members make us less safe.
When Trump and Congressional Republicans passed their tax breaks for corporations and billionaires, they also spiked the tax burden on children whose parents were killed in action as service members. The so-called kiddie tax “applied the tax meant to collect revenue on inheritances and trust funds to several thousand children who had lost their mom or dad to war or service-related injuries or illness.” House Democrats have passed the SECURE Act, which includes a full repeal of the kiddie tax, but Senate Republicans are standing in the way.
Immigrants have served honorably in the U.S. Armed Forces in every conflict since the founding days of our nation. But Donald Trump and the racists in his inner circle have chosen to constantly attack immigrants serving in the military, deport immigrant veterans, service members and family members, and block immigrant troops from earning their citizenship through service.
In a July 2017 tweet, President Trump sidelined thousands of our service members on the sole basis of their gender identity. The “trans ban” was written at the behest of radical right wing political figures and caught the entire U.S. military and Pentagon leadership off guard.
On January 13, 2020, the Washington Post reported that President Trump was preparing to divert an additional $7.2 billion in Pentagon construction and counternarcotics funding to pay for his vanity border wall project. Projects that would lose funding include road repairs, a waste treatment plants and school construction projects on military bases.
WHO’S PAYING FOR TRUMP’S WALL? MILITARY FAMILIES
On the map below, see where Donald Trump is stealing from the military to pay for his racist border wall. Click any phone number to call.
Alabama – $5,200,000
$5,200,000 – Anniston Army Depot Weapon Maintenance Shop
Senator Richard Shelby
Arizona – $30,000,000
$30,000,000 – Fort Huachuca Ground Transport Equipment Building
Senator Martha McSally
California – $8,000,000
$8,000,000 – Channel Islands C130-J Flight Simulator Facility
Hawaii – $31,492,000
$5,500,000 – Pearl Harbor Training Facility
$26,492,000 – Kaneohe Bay Security Improvements
Maryland – $66,500,000
$16,500,000 – Fort Meade Cantonment Roads
$37,000,000 – Joint Base Andrews PAR Relocate Haz Cargo Pad
$13,000,000 – Child Development Center
New Mexico – $125,000,000
$85,000,000 – Holloman Air Force Base MQ-9 FTU Operations Facility
$40,000,000 – White Sands Information Systems Facility
New York – $160,000,000
$95,000,000 – West Point Engineering Center
$65,000,000 – West Point Parking Facility
North Carolina – $80,294,000
$25,650,000 – Camp LeJuene 2nd Radio Battalion Complex
$15,300,000 – Ambulatory Care Center Addition
$32,944,000 – Fort Bragg Elementary School Replacement
$6,400,000 – Seymour Johnson Air Force Base KC-46A ADAL for All Mission Storage
Senator Thom Tillis
Senator Richard Burr
Oregon – $10,500,000
$8,000,000 – Klamath Falls IAP Indoor Range
$2,500,000 – Replace Fuel Facilities
Virginia – $79,231,000
$10,000,000 – Joint Base Langley-Eustis Cyber Ops Facility
$18,500,000 – Norfolk Hazardous Materials Warehouse
$22,500,000 – Pentagon Metro Entrance Facility
$22,500,000 – Portsmouth Hazard Materials Warehouse
$26,120,000 – Portsmouth Ship Maintenance Facility
Washington – $88,960,000
$88,960,000 – Bangor Pier Maintenance Facility
Wisconsin – $8,000,000
$8,000,000 – Truax Field Small Arms Range
Senator Ron Johnson