Donald Trump Jr. Says It's a 'Disgrace' Marine Officer Was 'Fired' For Viral Video

Donald Trump Jr. has said it is a "disgrace" that a Marine Corps lieutenant colonel has been relieved of duty following a viral video where he criticized the situation in Afghanistan.

Former President Donald Trump's eldest son took to Twitter on Friday to retweet the Marine's video and express outrage that he had now been "fired" following his comments.

Lt. Colonel Stuart Scheller posted the video to Facebook and LinkedIn on Thursday following the attack near Kabul airport that killed 13 U.S. troops, including 11 Marines. He appeared to criticize Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, a former general, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Scheller also directly criticized Marine Corps Commandant David Berger, a four-star general, for a letter he sent to Marines about how they might feel about the withdrawal from Afghanistan.

On Friday, Scheller said on Facebook that he had been relieved of duty. He will leave the service.

Trump Jr. tweeted: "The woke generals can troll Tucker Carlson on twitter and pontificate about 'white rage' in front of Congress, but simply asking for accountability for their deadly mistakes...gets you fired."

"What a disgrace," he said.

The woke generals can troll Tucker Carlson on twitter and pontificate about "white rage" in front of Congress, but simply asking for accountability for their deadly mistakes...gets you fired.

What a disgrace.

— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) August 27, 2021

In the video, Scheller was in uniform and said he knew someone killed in Thursday's attack personally. Scheller was the commander of the Advanced Infantry Training Battalion at the School of Infantry East but said: "I am willing to throw it all away to say to my senior leaders: 'I demand accountability.'"

He said he was "willing to risk my current battalion commander's seat, my retirement, my family stability to say some of the things that I want to say" and by doing so he could give "some moral high ground to demand the same honesty, integrity, accountability for my senior leaders."

"I've killed people and I seek counseling and that's fine," Scheller said. "There's a time in place for that. But the reason people are so upset on social media right now is not because the Marines on the battlefield let someone down."

"People are upset because their senior leaders let them down. And none of them are raising their hands and accepting accountability or saying, 'We messed this up.'"

"We have a secretary of defense that testified to Congress in May that the Afghan national security force could withstand the Taliban advance. We have chairmans [sic] of joint chiefs who - the commandant is a member of that - who're supposed to advise on military policy. We have a Marine combatant commander. All of these people are supposed to advise," he said.

"And I'm not saying we've got to be in Afghanistan forever," Scheller said. "But I am saying: Did any of you throw your rank on the table and say, 'Hey, it's a bad idea to evacuate Bagram Airfield, a strategic airbase, before we evacuate everyone'? Did anyone do that? And when you didn't think to do that, did anyone raise their hand and say, 'We completely messed this up?'"

When Scheller reported that he had been relieved of duty, he said: "My chain of command is doing exactly what I would do ... if I were in their shoes."

Donald Trump Jr. Speaks at CPAC
Donald Trump Jr., son of President Donald Trump, speaks on stage during the Conservative Political Action Conference 2020 (CPAC) hosted by the American Conservative Union on February 28, 2020 in National Harbor, MD. Trump Jr. has said relieving a Marine of duty following a viral video was a "disgrace." Samuel Corum/Getty Images