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No, Marine Gen. David Berger Did Not Berate Defense Sec. Lloyd Austin Over Vaccines

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Published Aug 13, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 24: Marine Corps Commandant General David Berger testifies before the Senate Appropriations Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on June 24, 2021 in Washington, DC. Berger, Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Harker and Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Michael Gilday testified before the Defense Subcommittee about the Navy and Marine Corps' FY 2022 budget proposal. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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In the summer of 2021, U.S. Marines Commandant David Berger berated Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin over plans to implement mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for U.S. troops.

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On Aug. 10, 2021, RealRawNews.com published an article positing that U.S. Marine Commandant David Berger had berated Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin over plans to implement mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for members of the U.S. military, calling him a "traitor" and vowing: "There will be no mandatory vaccinations for my Marines."

Marines Rebuke Def. Sec.: “No Mandatory Vaccinations for My Marines.”

Marine Corps General David H. Berger on Monday rebuked Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s edict requiring all Armed Forces personnel to submit to Covid-19 vaccinations under threat of court martial or discharge, said a source in Gen. Berger’s office who overheard a heated conversation between them.

...“There will be no mandatory vaccinations for my Marines,” Gen. Berger said.

In a transcript of the call reviewed by Real Raw News, Gen. Berger lambasted Austin and branded him a traitor.

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