A Republican congressman’s staffer who was sent to London to “investigate” MI6 officer Christopher Steele over his dossier on Donald Trump has been appointed to a key role in an unprecedented takeover of the Pentagon by the president’s team.
The Democrats have expressed grave concern about what has been described as a “coup” in the heart of the US military with a raft of senior officials being replaced by Trump loyalists following his firing of defence secretary Mark Esper.
Kashyap “Kash” Patel has been named as chief of staff to Chris Miller, who has been appointed acting defence secretary by Trump. Other appointees include Anthony Tata, a retired brigadier general who once called Barack Obama a “terrorist leader”, and Douglas Macgregor, a former colonel who referred to refugees and migrants to Europe as “ Muslim invaders” and called for martial law at the Mexican border.
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