Does Pentagon trust Tom Donilon, new national security adviser?
Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he works well with new National Security Adviser Tom Donilon. But reports suggest there has been friction between Donilon and the Pentagon in the past.
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What is less clear, though, is how well he will get along with the uniformed military.
Jones is a retired commandant of the US Marine Corps and is held in high regard as a senior commander and combat veteran. Donilon has never served in the armed forces.
There’s a risk that "the White House will have lost a credible voice with the US military in losing Jones," says Andrew Exum, a fellow with Center for a New American Security and a former US Army ranger.
In his recent book “Obama’s Wars,” Bob Woodward portrays Jones as resentful of some of the more political White House insiders. Reportedly he once upbraided then White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel when Emanuel went around Jones to discuss an issue with his close friend Donilon.
Woodward also writes that Defense Secretary Robert Gates “felt that Donilon did not understand the military or treat its senior leadership with sufficient respect.”