In a stunning rebuke of the current administration, President Barack Obama said Sunday that he would not tolerate what he called “the abuse of veterans” in the United States.
“This is not a war, this is not an economic crisis, this isn’t a national security crisis,” Obama said at the White House, where he was joined by his wife, Michelle.
“It is not about who’s losing their jobs, it is not going to be about who is losing their health care, it’s not going for a bunch of people in the military.
This is about protecting the American people.”
The president added: “We’ve got to stand up to the people who are trying to abuse our veterans.
We’ve got got to stop the abuse.
We have to take a stand against it.”
The comments came as a group of military veterans and advocates rallied to protest the Trump administration’s decision to rescind a program that provides financial assistance to veterans.
A coalition of the military’s oldest veterans organizations and others announced Saturday that they would march in Washington, D.C., on Saturday.
The group, Veterans for a Better America, said in a statement that it was “troubled and angry” by the decision by the Trump Administration to revoke a program providing cash assistance to military families that has provided stability and stability for the past six years.
The veterans groups also announced a call for a federal court-ordered boycott of Trump’s businesses.
“While we have been heartened by President Trump’s actions to lift restrictions on the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, the Administration has failed to make the necessary reforms to protect our veterans and their families,” the group said.
“The administration must stop allowing the VA to fail our veterans by refusing to provide them with the needed financial assistance and other assistance they need.
It must reverse the VA’s decision and reverse the damage done to our veterans.”
The Veterans Affairs Department said Friday that the department was reviewing its waiver program.
The Trump administration earlier this month rescinded a similar program.