A conservative military watchdog cannot understand why the Trump administration would allow an Obama holdover to name an open lesbian to be the next commandant of cadets at the United States Air Force Academy.
Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness (CMR), is surprised that Colonel Kristin Goodwin has been tapped for this position in light of the fact that Barack Obama is no longer president of the United States. But then again, it is not so surprising given the fact that an Obama holdover made the selection while the Senate continues to drag its feet on confirming Trump appointments, including a new secretary of the Air Force.
Donnelly cannot understand why the Trump administration is allowing Obama administration appointees to continue to make policies well after the inauguration.
"This is a dangerous situation," she submits. "I have no idea why the secretary of defense is permitting this, but it is no surprise to me that an Obama appointee makes such an appointment."
And while Donnelly hopes the Senate will ultimately reject the appointment, she says the Trump administration can fix it.
"Almost any kind of consensual behavior is legal in our military," the CMR president notes. "That's what we have right now; we call it LGBT law. So again, this is the Obama agenda. It's being carried over into the Trump administration, and this is why we're hearing news stories like this. But the Trump administration can fix all of the administrative changes with administrative orders to the contrary."
And Donnelly hopes they will begin that process soon.