Three of the most controversial Trump loyalists are repositioned to serve top positions at the Department of Defense.
On Tuesday morning, James Anderson, the acting undersecretary of defense for policy, resigns from his position. Soon after, an anti-Islam conspiracy theorist who believes Barack Obama is a terrorist takes over.
Anthony Tata was serving under Anderson and expected the promotion after Anderson had a dispute with the White House.
Tata was originally nominated to his new position by Donald Trump earlier in 2020. Those plans were cancelled when reporters unearthed tweets calling Obama a “terrorist leader” and a “Manchurian candidate,” as well as a tweet calling Islam the “most oppressive violent religion I know.
And then there’s that time he threatened the former director of the CIA.
Anderson’s resignation as acting undersecretary paved the way for Tata to be in charge of the position Trump wanted him in.
Kashyap “Kash” Patel
Another shakeup in the Dept. of Defense came yesterday when Defense Secretary Mark Esper resigned and was replaced, illegally, with new acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller.
On Tuesday, news breaks that Miller’s chief of staff has been replaced with Kashyap “Kash” Patel. He is a corrupt operative who was so entrenched in the Ukraine scandal with Rudy Giuliani and Devin Nunes that Donald Trump thought Ukraine affairs was part of his job. Before the Ukraine scandal, he was most known for drafting a memo on behalf of Trump that tried to discredit government agencies and the Mueller report.
Ezra Cohen-Watnick is promoted to acting undersecretary of defense for intelligence and security. Joseph Kernan resigned from the position after Trump fired Sec. Mark Esper.
Cohen-Watnick was pushed out of the National Security Council in 2017 for working alongside Michael Flynn in matters related to Russian interference. He was promoted to the Pentagon in early 2020.
He made headlines in 2017 for trying to find intelligence to support Trump’s “Obamagate” claims: the conspiracy theory that Barack Obama wiretapped Trump leading up to the 2016 election. Devin Nunes’ name shows up, again.
Cohen-Watnick is also connected to the Russian government. His wife, Rebecca Miller, used to work for a public relations firm doing marketing work for the Kremlin.
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