Tucker Carlson began his show on Fox News, “Tucker Carlson Tonight” by commenting on COVID precautions taken today by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin during a trip to the Philippines.
“The United States military is being run by a neurotic cat lady, our entire government is at this point.” Carlson lamernted.
Tucker Carlson: "The United States military is being run by a neurotic cat lady, our entire government is at this point."— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) July 30, 2021
Breitbart reported earlier on a video that Austin shared in a tweet earlier showing him landing in the Philippines during his weeklong trip to East Asia wearing a face shield as he exited the plane and greeted Filipino officials.
They noted that the Filipino military officials were also wearing face shields, but other U.S. military and civilian personnel seen in the footage were not.
Austin also fist-bumped the officials instead of shaking hands or bumping elbows and he received salutes from three of the four officials.
Wheels down in the Philippines. pic.twitter.com/S8kjbTKMxW— Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III (@SecDef) July 29, 2021
In earlier stops in Singapore and Vietnam, Austin was not seen wearing a face shield and his reason for doing so the Philippines remains unclear, although he did, however, wear masks in both countries.
In a video of his stop in Vietnam that Austin tweeted, he referenced Trump nemesis John McCain and stated that, “It’s been nearly 55 years since the late @SenJohnMcCain crashed into Truc Bach lake, before spending the next five-and-a-half years as a POW in Hoa Lo prison. Visiting this marker earlier today was certainly a sobering and humbling experience.”
It's been nearly 55 years since the late @SenJohnMcCain crashed into Truc Bach lake, before spending the next five-and-a-half years as a POW in Hoa Lo prison. Visiting this marker earlier today was certainly a sobering and humbling experience. pic.twitter.com/Ujf7v9bpmU— Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III (@SecDef) July 29, 2021
Breitbart also shared a tweet that Austin made on June 4 in which he declared that he “got his COVID-19 shots” and others to do the same.
Breitbart concluded their article by noting:
Austin landing in a face shield comes one day after the Department of Defense ordered all personnel, civilian and military, to wear masks indoors at all installations, regardless of vaccination status, marking a reversal of its policy of allowing vaccinated individuals to refrain from masking.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) this week issued guidance that people wear masks indoors in areas of high transmissibility.
The Biden administration also this week issued a vaccine mandate for American federal employees, except for the military, which cannot be forced to take a vaccine that is under Emergency Use Authorization and not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The Pentagon is widely expected to mandate the vaccine once the FDA gives it approval, however. Pentagon officials have said there are discussions at senior levels to look at that option once the FDA approves the coronavirus vaccines.
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