Trump has installed loyalists at the Pentagon and intelligence agencies. But to what end?

first_img– Advertisement – Most of the officials and former officials interviewed this week agreed that there was a large element of score-settling and attention-grabbing by Mr. Trump and his aides as they have defied calls to concede to President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. There is no evidence so far that these new appointees harbor a secret agenda on Iran or have taken up their posts with an action plan in hand. But their sudden appearance has been a purge of the Pentagon’s top civilian hierarchy without recent precedent.center_img WASHINGTON — President Trump’s abrupt installation of a group of hard-line loyalists into senior jobs at the Pentagon has elevated officials who have pushed for more aggressive actions against Iran and for an imminent withdrawal of all U.S. forces from Afghanistan over the objections of the military.Mr. Trump made the appointments of four top Pentagon officials, including a new acting defense secretary, this week, leaving civilian and military officials to interpret whether this indicated a change in approach in the final two months of his presidency. Mr. Trump also named Michael Ellis as a general counsel at the National Security Agency over the objections of the director, Gen. Paul M. Nakasone.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Xavier Amaechi deletes all trace of Arsenal from Instagram after Unai Emery snub

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 11 Jul 2019 3:14 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link506Shares Advertisement Xavier Amaechi has not been included in Arsenal’s squad for the pre-season tour of America (Picture: Getty)Xavier Amaechi has deleted all traces of Arsenal from his Instagram account after he was left out of Unai Emery’s 29-man squad for the upcoming pre-season tour of America.The 18-year-old impressed for Freddie Ljungberg’s Under-23 side last season and with the Swede having recently been promoted to Emery’s first team coaching set-up, Arsenal promising crop of youngsters are expected to be given chances to stake claims for first team opportunities.Emery included the likes of Reiss Nelson, who spent last season on loan at Hoffenheim, Emile Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka and Tyreece John-Jules in the touring party ahead of matches against Colorado Rapids, Fiorentina, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.AdvertisementAdvertisementAmaechi, however, has been left behind and will remain with the U23 side now coached by Steve Bould.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Commentcenter_img Xavier Amaechi deleted all traces of Arsenal from his Instagram account (Picture: Getty)The talented winger was reportedly annoyed with Emery after he was included in Arsenal’s Europa League final squad but snubbed for a place on the bench despite the Spaniard being permitted to name 12 replacements.Amaechi’s current contract expires at the end of next season but Bayern Munich are already said to be plotting a move.Arsenal have lost other promising talents in recent years, such as Chris Willock and Marcus McGuane to Benfica and Barcelona respectively, and would expect a decent fee should any club try to prise Amaechi away this summer.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Xavier Amaechi travelled with the Arsenal squad to Baku for the Europa League final but failed to make the bench (Picture: Getty) Xavier Amaechi deletes all trace of Arsenal from Instagram after Unai Emery snublast_img read more