April 1, 2019/Press

Top General: Trump-Tillis Emergency Declaration Poses “Unacceptable” Risk to Marine Corps Readiness

Raleigh – The top Marine Corps General is raising the alarm on the crumbling buildings, dangerous mold, and missing roofs at Camp Lejeune and laying blame at the feet of President Trump and Sen. Thom Tillis, according to a new report from NBC News.

In a recent memo to Navy Secretary Richard Spencer, Commandant Gen. Robert Neller warned that President Trump’s emergency declaration, rubber stamped by Sen. Thom Tillis, was among the “negative factors” affecting military readiness at Camp Lejeune and posed an “unacceptable” risk to prompt completion of hurricane recovery efforts.

The dire warning comes after Senator Tillis’ spineless flip flop on President Trump’s emergency declaration and just months before hurricane season.

The damage to the military base has forced the Marines to scale back training, such as amphibious landing exercises at Onslow Beach, and affected performance, morale, and readiness. Said one servicemember at Camp Lejeune, “The conditions we’re working under are just like when we were in Iraq or Afghanistan.” Another described it as “a thousand cuts” that have “a serious impact.”

In addition to threatening hurricanes, Camp Lejeune has a history of water contamination issues. Tillis’ vote to rubber stamp President Trump’s emergency declaration threatens, among other repairs, a new $65 million water treatment plant at Camp Lejeune critical for military families’ well-being.

“Thom Tillis sold out our military families, threatening critical funding for repairs just months before hurricane season to protect his political career,” NCDP spokesman Robert Howard said. “Tillis’ spineless and weak actions have real world consequences, leaving our military families and servicemembers to pick up the pieces.”