Trump White House: POW-MIA Flag ‘Missing in Action,’ Removed at Trump Orders, against the Law

The POW MIA flag is now seen as a protest against Trump

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WASHINGTON, Sept 11 (Reuters) – A decision by the Trump administration earlier this year to move the flag honoring missing war veterans from a prominent position atop the White House to a less visible spot on the South Lawn has angered some veterans and lawmakers, who see it as disrespectful and potentially illegal.

Trump signed the act, which only repeated earlier law, then was the first to violate it:

The flag is dedicated to prisoners of war and service members who are missing in action. According to a White House video posted in June, it was relocated in a private ceremony with full military honors, months after President Donald Trump signed into law a bill requiring the flag to be flown at certain federal sites including the White House every day.

The revelations come amid growing questions over Trump’s respect for the military, after a report last week by the Atlantic magazine alleging that Trump had called fallen American soldiers “losers” and “suckers” sparked outrage and controversy.

Trump denied the assertions, but has publicly disparaged the service of the late Senator John McCain, a war veteran, and was accused of criticizing his own generals in excerpts of a forthcoming book titled “Rage,” by Bob Woodward.

“It’s bad enough that President Trump publicly ridicules American heroes like Senator McCain and others who were captured on the battlefield. He inexplicably promotes the Confederate flag but fails to fly the POW/MIA flag,” said Democratic Senator Jack Reed, a co-sponsor of the bill. “It’s part of a pattern of disrespect by President Trump toward those who honorably served our nation.”

https://www.militarytimes.com/news/pentagon-congress/2019/11/08/powmia-flag-to-fly-at-federal-sites-year-round/

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  1. What is most astounding and perplexing about this guy is how he literally craps on some of the most highly held values, morals and character attributes of the Conservative ideal and the party faithful only grow fonder. Maybe it’s his old Democratic tendencies slipping out. The boy is a chameleon. Meanwhile Republicans just say to themselves “that’s just Donnie up to his 3D chess”.

    I understand what that flag is supposed to represent and though I haven’t seen a war I would want to participate in. I was initially getting sucked in after 911. Just could not eat the yellow cake. But the darkness of the POW/MIA flag fills me with sadness and sarrow and guilt when I see it. I wonder how it makes survivors feel. I would hope pride and a feeling that others have their respect and their back. Maybe it’s just me but I could go for a redesign one that would pull you in and bring a feeling of gratitude.

  2. We have a CIC that is a coward to the point, he cannot even stomach the mere thought of those who lost their lives, and must protect his ego, by avoiding the notion or removing it from anywhere in his purview. Thus he demeans courage, and eschews self sacrifice as something that to him, is “dumb”. This simple observation is all we need to know. And we knew it well before the first election. Decades ago, in fact.