The leading Marine general has reportedly allowed internal emails to leak in hopes of protecting military families from President Trump’s plans to build a border wall along the US/Mexican border.
Sources in the Pentagon told Newsweek that Gen. Robert Neller let the internal memos, both of which criticized the Trump’s plans to deploy troops to build the wall, leak to the Los Angeles Times and NBC News over the past several weeks “because he didn’t want the Marines and families at Camp Lejeune to get f***ed.”
Neller argued via the leaked memos that Trump’s “unplanned/unbudgeted” additions to the U.S. military budget made his job more difficult, as well as pose an “unacceptable risk to Marine Corps combat readiness and solvency.”
“The combat readiness of II Marine Expeditionary Force—1/3 the combat power of the Marine Corps—is degraded and will continue to degrade given current conditions,” Neller wrote in a letter obtained by the LA Times.
Neller will retire later in 2019 and will be replaced by Lieutenant General David Berger, whose confirmation is currently before the Senate.