The U.S. Senate confirmed three senior military leaders and filled the posts after months of delays, and Sen. Tommy Tuberville is still holding up hundreds of other senior officer nominations and promotions.
On Thursday afternoon, Gen. Randy George was confirmed as Army chief of staff and Gen. Eric Smith was confirmed as commander of the U.S. Marine Corps.
On Wednesday, the Senate confirmed Gen. CQ Brown as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and named him to succeed Gen. Mark Milley when he retires at the end of the month.
Democrats are still trying to get around Tuberville’s withholding of more than 300 nominations because of the Pentagon’s abortion policy.
Tuberville has blocked the Senate from approving military nominations in batches, forcing Democrats to advance the nominations individually – a process that could take months and delay other priorities.
Former President Donald Trump praised Tuberville for the Truth Social votes:
“BIG WIN FOR TOMMY. Unlike McConnell and his group of automatic YES Democratic votes, Tommy T is ready to take on the radical left-wing fascists and thugs who are destroying our country. What a difference!”
Tuberville backed Trump’s 2024 White House campaign in November — long before some other Republicans in the state’s congressional delegation.
“You know what you’re getting with President Trump,” Tuberville said at the time. “He doesn’t have to learn the ropes. He knows his stuff. He will not run again (in 2028). I like someone who comes in and says, ‘Look, I don’t care. I’m going to do what’s good for America.'”
In June, Trump praised Tuberville as he took the stage in Novi, Michigan.
“One of the greatest senators, one of the most powerful people, an incredible football coach by the way, he was an incredible football coach and now he’s an incredible senator,” Trump said as he pointed out Tuberville in the crowd.
President Joe Biden called Trump’s visit to Alabama in August a confirmation of Tuberville’s “reckless political antics.”
“No one is shocked when Donald Trump supports Tommy Tuberville’s reckless political escapades that threaten our military readiness. “If Donald Trump cared about America’s national security, he would join the overwhelming majority of Americans who oppose Tuberville’s block on military promotions,” Biden’s campaign said in a statement to AL.com.
Tuberville won the 2020 Senate election, thanks in large part to support from Trump, just before Tuberville faced off in the Republican runoff against Jeff Sessions, the former Alabama senator and former Trump attorney general who drew the ire of his former boss .