REPORT: TRUMP GIVES MILITARY COMMANDERS POWER TO LAUNCH AIR STRIKES WITHOUT HIS PERMISSION

President Trump granted U.S. commanders the authority to order attacks in countries with little American military presence shortly after taking office, the Washington Examiner reported Friday.

That measure has become pronounced in Yemen, where the president gave U.S. Central Commander Gen. Joseph Votel the authority to carry out military strikes without the approval of the White House.

“This was an authority that was delegated by the president, through the secretary of defense to the Central Command commander to carry out,” Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis told the Examiner.

In Yemen, the new authority is directed at fighting al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), widely considered among the terrorist group’s highest-profile and dangerous affiliates.

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