Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, according to media reports, are concerned that if they refer to General Laura J. Richardson, the commander of the United States Army (“Fifth Army”), and General Jacqueline D. Van Ovost, they will be replaced by Air Force officers. Milley and Esper also feared the extravagant white man, who was regularly appointed by white men “might fall into chaos when their names were thrown into the White House.”
Concerns between the two defense chiefs have led them to postpone the appointment of generals until after the November presidential election, hoping that the nominee will have a better chance of being considered under Biden’s administration.
Esper confirmed Jake Tapper’s report to CNN on Wednesday. CNN went to the Pentagon, the White House and Trump’s office for comment.
A senior official close to Esper told Tapper that tens of thousands of White House officials and other White House officials may be trying to justify them for one reason or another – including the fact that relations between Esper and Trump, and between the Pentagon and the White House, are in bad shape.
Esper told The Times that the women were chosen because they were “the best bosses for the job”, “I do not want their ads to be deceptive because someone in the Trump administration sees me as their advisor or thinks the DOD is playing politics.”
“This is not the case. They are very qualified. We have done the right thing.”
Former Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller has pushed for allegations that the naming has been postponed, telling the Times: “It’s about time considerations, not that they are women.”
Milley and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin are expected to send Ovost and Richardson’s nominations to the White House in the next few weeks, with Biden executives expected to “approve the nominations and submit them to the Senate for approval.”