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The generals’ revolt

WASHINGTON —

Over the three-and-a-half years he’s been in office, President Trump has clashed repeatedly with government institutions that he sought to bend to his will.

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Enter Email Address You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times.The first fight came with the nation’s intelligence agencies , then the FBI , the diplomatic corps and, more recently, the quasi-independent inspectors general at federal agencies.This week, though, brought a battle with the military — a clash with far more serious implications.For Trump, the decision to push the Pentagon into politics was a fateful choice, and it quickly brought an extraordinary rebuke. “Mockery of the Constitution” As has often been the case with Trump, the impetus seems to have been his desire to appear tough.Since the start last week of nationwide protests over police brutality, Trump’s aides had debated how he should respond. Some talked of an Oval Office address to the nation, others advocated public “listening sessions” designed to showcase the president talking with black Americans about their concerns.It’s unclear whether Trump ever seriously considered either of those approaches. His past attempts […]

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