President Donald Trump defers to his generals when it comes to military strategy, The Washington Times reports.
Sources describe Trump as often in listening mode with his key military advisers and always accessible. Trump's relationship with his key military personnel contrasts with former President Barack Obama's standoffishness, the Times noted.
And the Las Vegas Review-Journal pointed out that Trump's top echelon is filled with people, who have military background. They are among the key people who advised him on the recent Syria missile strike.
Eight out of 24 of those in Trump's Cabinet have served on the military, according to the Review-Journal.
And Rowan Scarborough, writing for the Times, noted: "The same President Trump, who can be gruff and erratic in public tweets is a commander in chief who is deferential and attentive when he talks to a star-studded cast of his closest military advisers.
"The Tomahawk strike on Syria on Friday underscores that Washington's warrior class is again in charge of presenting military options to the White House instead of the other way around."
Trump has forged a particularly close relationship to retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, who is in charge of the defense department and with John Kelly, a retired Marine four-star general overseeing homeland security, a source told the Times.
By comparison, Obama has a cool relationship with his generals.
"No. 1, they get along very well," a former officer said on Trump's relationship with the generals. "I call it street sense. They know how to talk the line, and Trump does too. Trump is like talking to a concrete worker. These two generals have got a man who listens and does not pretend like Obama and others to know everything. When the president is out of his lane and needs advice, these guys are right in there."
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