Resignations, clashes leave Pentagon with gaping holes in upper ranks

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News Story Source: By Ben Wolfgang
The Pentagon over the past three weeks has been given at least four high-level resignations, including from top officials who had privately raised concerns with some of Mr. Trump's foreign policy moves, most notably the decision last year to temporarily halt military aid to Ukraine.

The president's recent threat to use active-duty troops to suppress nationwide riots — a threat he ultimately decided against — also has had a chilling effect throughout the Pentagon. It has even led to public friction between Mr. Trump and Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper and sparked an almost unprecedented wave of military criticism aimed at the commander in chief.

But critics say that overt resistance to Mr. Trump raises its own long-term questions of civilian-military relations and could draw the Pentagon into the partisan fights it has long sought to avoid.

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