Retired General Humiliates Ivanka Trump with a Single Tweet

On Monday, Ret. Gen. Mark Hertling humiliated first daughter Ivanka Trump after she showed ignorance of federal child nutrition and fitness programs that her own father has short changed.

Ivanka Trump on late Sunday sent out a tweet saying that the United States needs to do a better job of promoting physical activity among American children or else risk raising a generation of unhealthy kids.

“We need to promote healthy lifestyles for America’s youth,” the first daughter wrote. “In a recent survey, 9.5 million U.S. children reported that they did NOT once participate in any of over 100 sports or activities listed.”

Hertling, who served for 37 years in the U.S. Army before retiring in 2012, proceeded to school Ivanka about ways she could easily help promote child fitness just by having her father do his job and appoint people to important positions within his administration.

“Ummm… there’s this thing called the President’s Council on Fitness, Sport, and Nutrition,” he wrote. “Been around 60 years. Used to have 25 appointees… I was one of them. Michelle Obama helped and generated momentum in this area. No one is on the Council now.”

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