U.S. Special Operations Command, which oversees the military’s counterterrorism and counterinsurgency operations, has reassigned the chief of its diversity and inclusion office over a Facebook post in which he compared President Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler.
A spokesman for the command said on Tuesday that Richard Torres-Estrada had been “assigned to other duties pending the results of the investigation.”
“The Commander has directed an investigation to look into the facts surrounding Mr. Torres-Estrada’s selection,” Ken McGraw, the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) spokesman, told Fox News.
McGraw told the Daily Caller News Foundation on Saturday that USSOCOM was investigating Facebook posts from Torres-Estrada that came to light after his hiring was announced last week.
In one post on June 2, 2020, Torres-Estrada published side-by-side photos of both Trump and Hitler holding Bibles. The photo of Trump was taken a day earlier outside of St. John’s Church in Washington, D.C. following protests over the police-involved death of George Floyd.
The photo of Hitler was doctored and flagged by Facebook as false information.
USSOCOM announced last Thursday that Torres-Estrada was hired as chief of the command’s new diversity and inclusion unit.
USSOCOM welcomes our new Chief of Diversity & Inclusion, Mr. Richard Torres-Estrada. We look forward to his contribution in enhancing the capabilities and effectiveness of #SOF through diversity of talent, helping us recruit the best of the best. #QuietProfessionals pic.twitter.com/Z6aJnz91mx
— USSOCOM (@USSOCOM) March 25, 2021
Fox News host Tucker Carlson discussed Torres-Estrada’s posts during a segment on his show on Friday.
“The Pentagon is now the Yale faculty lounge, but with cruise missiles. That should concern you,” Carlson said.
USSOCOM did not respond to a request for additional comment on Tuesday.
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