The current man in the White House, sitting at the president's desk is serving way above his pay grade. He is not presidential, a leader and certainly not a commander in chief of the U.S. armed forces. Yes, he was sworn in as the 45th president, however his words, deeds and actions say he is not the right man for the job.

The president is in charge of the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard. He is the leader, the commander in chief. Anyone enlisting in the armed forces is sworn to respect and obey the leader. Based on the commander in chief's disrespect for the military, it is difficult to see how any military person can follow him. Yes, they will obey and serve the commander in chief, but I suspect many do not respect him. How can they? Trump's words and deeds are a littered trail of disrespectful words and deeds toward the military personnel.

Who can forget candidate Trump's campaign statement, “I know more than the generals, the generals are demoralized,” and his disrespect towards the Gold Star parents whose son was killed fighting in a U.S. conflict on foreign soil. Their son gave his life and President Draft Dodger verbally attacked the dead soldier’s mother. 45 was not even smart enough to write down the name of the four soldiers killed in an African country while serving as U.S. advisers. To the detriment of one of the soldier's wife, the 45th president did not even know her husband's name as he spoke to the grieving widow on the phone. Was there no one in the room with the president smart enough to at least write the soldier’s name on paper so that he would be able to speak with compassion and knowledge, or did they just not care?

Trump's disrespect of Sen. John McCain goes all the way back to his “I like my heroes not captured” statement during the 2016 presidential campaign. This scurrilous comment from a man who never served in the military nor any other public service position. Trump's words and follow-up comments were so disrespectful of Sen McCain that it defies reality. He grudgingly lowered the American flag flying over the White House and raised it before Sen McCain's funeral. It is commonly believed Trump did not follow tradition in situations like this because he and Sen. McCain feuded. The death of a former soldier, POW, and public servant deserves better from the commander in chief.

President 45 by his words and actions disrespected every soldier who served, was captured or killed going back to all U.S. wars and conflicts. How can future presidents ask and expect men and women to serve if the commander in chief does not care or respect the sacrifices of military men and women both past and present? As a veteran, I fail to see how anyone in or connected to the military can support this heartless, self-centered man. He and those who support him do not deserve your vote. Throw out Pres #45 and all of his enablers in the November 2018 general election.

Martha Jordan