Saturday, August 13, 2022
Hawai'i Free Press

Current Articles | Archives

Saturday, March 25, 2017
Signer of Anti-Trump Letter Withdraws From Hawaii Military Think Tank
By Selected News Articles @ 3:21 PM :: 4170 Views :: Military

Signer of Anti-Trump Letter Withdraws From Pentagon Think Tank

Cronin cites 'personal reasons' for pulling out from plum post in Hawaii

by Bill Gertz, Washington Free Beacon, March 24, 2017

Patrick Cronin, a liberal Republican China hand who signed a letter denouncing Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, on Friday withdrew from taking a plum position as director of a Pentagon-funded think tank in Hawaii.

Cronin "informed the Department of Defense that he wishes to withdraw his name for consideration as director of the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies for personal reasons," Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis said.

The action followed a Thursday report in the Washington Times revealing that Cronin had signed a letter in March 2016 along with 121 other former Republican national security officials opposing Trump's presidential bid.

The initial announcement by the Asia Pacific center March 10 stated that Secretary of Defense James Mattis had approved Cronin's appointment to head the Honolulu-based think tank.

The center altered its announcement after the Times report, omitting the reference to the secretary of defense's approval.

Until recently, the think tank was part of the U.S. Pacific Command. It now reports to the Pentagon's undersecretary of defense for policy. However, the center, which conducts military and civilian education, supports the Pacific Command, according to the center's website.

Disclosure of the Trump critic's appointment took both the Pentagon and Pacific Command by surprise.

Davis, the Pentagon spokesman, said Mattis was not involved in Cronin's appointment, which was underway before January when the Trump administration came into office.

A Pacific Command spokesman sought to distance the command from Cronin by claiming it has little relationship with the center.

President Trump and the White House have taken a hard line on so-called never-Trump Republicans, blocking several prominent former officials who held senior national security and foreign policy positions in previous administrations.

The anti-Trump letter that Cronin signed, one of two signed by Republicans during the campaign, stated that "we are united in our opposition to a Donald Trump presidency."

"He is fundamentally dishonest," the letter stated, adding that the former officials are committed to "working energetically to prevent the election of someone so utterly unfitted to the office."

Trump dismissed the criticism during the campaign as the product of failed establishment officials and made clear the opponents would not be appointed to positions in his administration.

The policy has made it difficult for the Trump administration to fill some senior-level political positions in the Pentagon and State Department.

Cronin stated in an email before he withdrew that he was honored to be offered the position of director at the Asia-Pacific Center.

"This is not a political appointment but it was approved by the secretary of defense," Cronin said.

Davis, however, said Mattis was not involved in any way with the selection of Cronin for the post.

Cronin said in an email that "the campaign is history and now the hard work of governing beckons for all Americans."

"After Donald Trump's triumphant election, I turned to the mission of how I could help the president and his national security team," he said.

"Attack me for expressing my personal views about candidates during our democratic election process, but please judge me by my faithful and unstinting commitment to support President Trump, his administration, and above all the United States of America," Cronin said.

William C. Triplett II, a China specialist and former counsel to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the withdrawal was appropriate.

"Patrick Cronin not only signed the obnoxious ‘Never Trump' letters, he went out of his way to endorse Hillary for president," Triplett said.

"Just another of the inappropriate appointments coming out of office of the secretary of defense," he added. "I think it is disloyal to continue to throw declared enemies at the White House and demand their endorsement. Such a situation would be unthinkable if Hillary had become president."

Links

TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote

2aHawaii

808 Silent Majority

ACA Signups Hawaii

Alliance Defending Freedom

Aloha Pregnancy Care Center

American Council of Trustees and Alumni

AntiPlanner

Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Astronomy Hawaii

Back da Blue Hawaii

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Better Hawaii

Broken Trust

Build More Hawaiian Homes Working Group

ChinaTownWatch.com

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

DVids Hawaii

FIRE

Fix Oahu!

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Grassroot Institute

Habele.org

Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii Coalition Against Legalized Gambling

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Credit Union Watch

Hawaii Crop Improvement Association

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Family Advocates

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federalist Society

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii Future Project

Hawaii Gathering of Eagles

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Homeschool Association

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii Legal News

Hawaii Legal Short-Term Rental Alliance

Hawaii Life Alliance

Hawaii March for Life

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Smokers Alliance

Hawaii State Data Lab

Hawaii Together

HIEC.Coop

HiFiCo

Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

House Minority Blog

Imua TMT

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

Investigative Project on Terrorism

July 4 in Hawaii

Kakaako Cares

Keep Hawaii's Heroes

Land and Power in Hawaii

Legislative Committee Analysis Tool

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Malulani Foundation

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

Malama Pregnancy Center of Maui

Mauna Kea Recreational Users Group

MentalIllnessPolicy.org

Military Home Educators' Network Oahu

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

NAMI Hawaii

Natatorium.org

National Christian Foundation Hawaii

National Parents Org Hawaii

NFIB Hawaii News

No GMO Means No Aloha

Not Dead Yet, Hawaii

NRA-ILA Hawaii

Oahu Alternative Transport

Obookiah

OHA Lies

Opt Out Today

OurFutureHawaii.com

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

PEACE Hawaii

People vs Machine

Pritchett Cartoons

Pro-GMO Hawaii

P.U.E.O.

RailRipoff.com

Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

ReRoute the Rail

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

Robotics Organizing Committee

Save Dillingham Airfield

School Choice in Hawaii

SenatorFong.com

Sink the Jones Act

Statehood for Guam

Talking Tax

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Trustee Akina KWO Columns

UCC Truths

US Tax Foundation Hawaii Info

VAREP Honolulu

Waagey.org

West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii

Yes2TMT