Leaked Emails Show Tension Between General, White House
Leaked emails from an Air Force general seem to support Donald Trump’s statement at a forum Wednesday night that military generals have been “reduced to rubble” under President Barack Obama.
DC Leaks, the same group that leaked files from George Soros groups, released emails in July from Air Force General Philip Breedlove’s Gmail account while he was serving as Supreme Allied Commander of NATO European Forces.
In multiple emails, General Breedlove speaks negatively about the way Obama views the NATO force in Europe.
This attitude is quite clear in an email exchange between Breedlove and Harlan Ullman, senior adviser to the Atlantic Council. In the exchange, Ullman is trying to set up a conversation between Breedlove and Colin Powell, and wants to know Breedlove’s topics for discussion.
“My first ask of him though is to help me break through to re-energize interest in Europe/NATO in general. I think POTUS sees us as a threat that must be minimized,” Breedlove wrote on Sept. 30, 2014. He added, “ie do not get me into a war”
Later in his email to Powell, Breedlove wrote, “I may be wrong,… but I do not see this WH really ‘engaged’ by working with Europe/NATO. Frankly I think we are a ‘worry’,… ie a threat to get the nation drug into a conflict,… vice an ‘opportunity’ represented by some pretty stalwart allies. I seek your counsel on two fronts,…. how to frame this opportunity in a time where all eyes are on ISIL all the time,… and two,… how to work this personally with the POTUS.”
These emails came during the same year Russia annexed Crimea. In another 2014 email, Ullman wrote to Breedlove, “I met the new EU ambassador to the US David O’Sullivan. I pitched him on the need for him to impress on Washington the strategic importance of Europe which seems to be a six letter expletive in the White House.”