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Seth Abramson
(THREAD) The recent response of the U.S. military to a clear directive from its Commander-in-Chief was extraordinary. We need to discuss it.
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Paul Banker Jul 27
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Hopefully the military would have a similar response to "attack North Korea" or "nuke anyone."
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Seth Abramson Jul 27
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(1) The White House has stated publicly, unambiguously, and repeatedly that President Trump's tweets are official White House declarations.
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Msbmoran Jul 27
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I support a people's military, not one that blindly follows the impulsive orders of an elected madman with no sense of responsibility at all
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Seth Abramson Jul 27
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(2) The U.S. military is as or more aware of this White House policy as anyone else is, as it's obligated to follow presidential directives.
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Seth Abramson Jul 27
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(3) There's long been concern, not merely from pundits but attorneys and policy-makers, about the effect of the President's manic tweeting.
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Seth Abramson Jul 27
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(4) A chief concern has been, and remains, just how difficult it is to determine when and how the President's tweets have the force of law.
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Nancy Mitchell Jul 27
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Trump's top Middle East adviser ousted from National Security Council:
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Seth Abramson Jul 27
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(5) I have spent *months* urging the President to curtail his tweeting for *legal* reasons, with only bemusement from the media in response.
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Peter Arnott Jul 27
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How long is it before he declares war in a tweet...orders a pre-emptive strike
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Dread Pirate Dave Jul 27
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Here's a question. Did Cheetolini actually give a written directive to Mattis? Because if not....
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NotMyPresident Jul 27
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Not really. The Military Code grants any one in the military to disobey an order that is unlawful or unconstitutional
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sleepyhead Jul 27
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Maybe it's time for congress to introduce bills of what you can and cannot do on twitter as Potus đŸ¤¡
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Buy the ticket... Jul 27
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Not if they are illegal orders. Btw...if tweets are "official" any lies/threats can be used against him. Impeachment by tweet.
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Seth Abramson Jul 27
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(6) But now what I and every other attorney could have predicted—President Trump using Twitter to *issue a presidential order*—has happened.
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9toed_Viking Jul 27
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That would be difficult given that 1) Mattis is on vacation and 2) NO ONE at the Pentagon knew this was coming
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lourson Jul 27
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If his tweets are official WH declarations-his lies can be used against him.
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Seth Abramson Jul 27
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(7) Because the media never took Trump's tweeting seriously *as a legal issue* it is now soft-shoeing the fact that we're at a crisis point.
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Freckles Jul 27
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Hoping someone takes action to challenge that, and establish once and for all what status a tweet has for a president. This isn't protocol.
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Dread Pirate Dave Jul 27
So he can't be disobeying orders because he wasn't given one.... ? Right?
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