Feb 14, 2017

Flynn sets a record for shortest tenure

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Mike Flynn holds the record for the shortest term as head of the National Security Council, according to the Washington Post, as well as the fastest resignation for an appointed administration official of at least the past five administrations:

  • Obama: 8 months after the inauguration, his "green jobs czar," Van Jones, resigned because of past affiliations with 9/11 conspiracies and calling Republicans "a**holes" in a video before he was appointed, according to Politico.
  • Bush: 15 months into the administration, an influential advisor, Karen Hughes, resigned to move back to Texas with her family, according to NYT.
  • Clinton: 10 months after he took office, Deputy Secretary of State Clifton R. Wharton Jr. was forced to resign because of policy issues in the Department.
  • Bush: After 21 months as Labor Secretary, Elizabeth Dole resigned. Her spokeswoman said at the time that "she felt it was time to move on."
  • Reagan: After 11 months, Max L. Friedersdorf, the assistant to the President for legislative affairs, resigned for another job.

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Trump says he will campaign against Lisa Murkowski after her support for Mattis

Trump with Barr and Meadows outside St. John's Episcopal church in Washington, D.C. on June 1. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump tweeted on Thursday that he would endorse "any candidate" with a pulse who runs against Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).

Driving the news: Murkowski said on Thursday that she supported former defense secretary James Mattis' condemnation of Trump over his response to protests in the wake of George Floyd's killing. She described Mattis' statement as "true, honest, necessary and overdue," Politico's Andrew Desiderio reports.

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The president vs. the Pentagon

Trump visits Mattis and the Pentagon in 2018. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty

Over the course of just a few hours, President Trump was rebuffed by the Secretary of Defense over his call for troops in the streets and accused by James Mattis, his former Pentagon chief, of trampling the Constitution for political gain.

Why it matters: Current and former leaders of the U.S. military are drawing a line over Trump's demand for a militarized response to the protests and unrest that have swept the country over the killing of George Floyd by police.

New York Times says Tom Cotton op-ed did not meet standards

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A New York Times spokesperson said in a statement Thursday that the paper will be changing its editorial board processes after a Wednesday op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), which called for President Trump to "send in the troops" in order to quell violent protests, failed to meet its standards.

Why it matters: The shift comes after Times employees began a coordinated movement on social media on Wednesday and Thursday that argued that publishing the op-ed put black staff in danger. Cotton wrote that Trump should invoke the Insurrection Act in order to deploy the U.S. military against rioters that have overwhelmed police forces in cities across the country.