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In a letter addressed to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, the lawmakers said the Marines “participated in a political event” that “jeopardizes their compliance” with rules against partaking in political activities while in uniform.
“We are gravely concerned that throughout the entirety of this partisan, politically charged, and divisive address to the nation, two United States Marines were visibly present flanking the President in the background,” the House Republicans wrote.
“The President’s use of active-duty Marines as political props undermines the apolitical nature of our servicemembers and erodes trust in our military,” they wrote.
The letter was signed by House Republican Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik (N.Y.), House Armed Services Committee ranking member Mike Rogers (AL), and House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense ranking member Ken Calvert (CA).
“You’ve expressed your concern about politicization of the military and have insisted the military will not become a political instrument under your watch. Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened with the participation of the Marines at this political event,” the lawmakers wrote.
Biden’s use of Marines in his Sept. 1 speech in Philadelphia sparked criticism. Even Biden’s supporters criticized him for placing Marines behind him during an address that was largely regarded as political.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre defended the move, saying Biden included Marines out of respect for the military.
“It is not abnormal. It is actually normal for presidents from either side of the aisle to give speeches in front of members of the military,” Jean-Pierre said. “It is not an unusual sight or is not an unusual event to have happen.”
Source: The Hill