More than 250 retired military officials urge Trump to appoint leaders to children's fitness council
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More than 250 retired generals and admirals sent a letter to President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP lawmakers preparing to vote on bill allowing migrant children to be detained longer than 20 days: report Wasserman Schultz: Infants separated from their parents are in Florida immigrant shelters Ex-White House ethics chief: Sarah Sanders tweet violates ethics laws MORE on Tuesday, urging him to appoint leaders to the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition — which has remained vacant since he took office.

“As retired senior military leaders, we know that encouraging more young Americans to lead healthy lifestyles is a critical part of ensuring that our nation is prepared to respond to the challenges of the future,” reads the letter from Mission: Readiness, a national security nonprofit.

Excess weight, the writers say, prevents nearly one in three young adults from qualifying for military service, threatening future military readiness. 

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“Appointing champions for better health to the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition will help educate, engage and inspire children and youth to adopt habits to avoid obesity, we well as strength national security by increasing the number of young adults qualified to serve in the military,” the letter reads. 

The signatories included retired service members, as well as current GOP Reps. Jack Bergman (Mich.) and Don Bacon (Neb.) 

Retired Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling trolled first daughter Ivanka Trump on Monday, reminding the White House senior adviser that her father has yet to appoint anyone to the council. 

“We need to promote healthy lifestyles for America’s youth,” Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Trump caves under immense pressure — what now? The Memo: Trump caves after negative images, pressure from family Trump backs down in rare reversal MORE tweeted Monday. “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 pointed out that the 60-year-old council has no appointees and praised former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama says upcoming memoir shares the 'ordinariness of a very extraordinary story' Colbert: Melania Trump’s jacket was ‘one message she did not steal from Michelle Obama’ Melania Trump puzzles with 'I really don't care' jacket MORE for her work on the children’s health movement.

In February, President Trump expanded the number of council members, from 25 to 30, but has yet to appoint any members. Holli Richmond was appointed as executive director last month. 

The council serves under the secretary of Health and Human Services and the website still listed members as “to be announced” as of Tuesday afternoon.