Trump Admin. Ignores Executive Order & US Law, Refuses To Report Civilians Killed By US Military
The Trump administration has ignored an executive order and a U.S. law that requires the U.S. government to reveal on May 1 the number of civilians and enemy fighters killed by U.S. counterterrorism and military strikes.
A White House spokesman refused to admit that the 2016 executive order requires the report to be released on May 1: “The executive order that requires the civilian casualty report is under review” and could be “modified” or “rescinded,” notes The Washington Post.
Trump’s U.S. Department of Defense has ignored a U.S. law — the National Defense Authorization Act of 2017 — that requires a list of all U.S. military operations that caused civilian deaths to be submitted to Congress by May 1.
A Pentagon spokesman said the report will be delivered to Congress by June 1, in clear violation of U.S. law.
Joshua Geltzer, a visiting law professor at Georgetown University and former senior counterterrorism official in the Obama administration, told The Washington Post:
It is pretty remarkable that they would simply ignore an executive order that remains on the books and also a statutory requirement passed by Congress. That is just bad governance.