Trump doesn't seem to understand troops' 'depth of sacrifice,' says progressive strategist

Progressive strategist Jesse Lee on Wednesday criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpSecret Service members who helped organize Pence Arizona trip test positive for COVID-19: report Trump administration planning pandemic office at the State Department: report Iran releases photo of damaged nuclear fuel production site: report MORE for not visiting U.S. troops in war zones, arguing that the president does not appear to understand the sacrifices troops make.

"It's less the specifics and it's more the recognition by the president of the United States that there are millions of people who are sacrificing in ways that the president can't even imagine," Lee, the vice president of communications at the left-leaning Center for American Progress, told Hill.TV's Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton on "Rising." 

"He doesn't seem to really understand the depth of the sacrifice," he added.  

Trump has faced scrutiny for not visiting troops after The Washington Post reported that one reason he has not visited combat troops is that he is afraid for his own safety. 

The president told reporters Tuesday that he plans to visit a war zone, though he did not say which one or when he would make such a visit.

"I'm going to a war zone," Trump said before leaving Washington for his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, where he plans to spend Thanksgiving.

A new American Barometer survey conducted by Hill.TV and the HarrisX polling company found that 88 percent of voters said that it is important for the president to visit U.S. troops in war zones, while 12 percent said it was not that important. 

"I'm surprised at the results of that poll. I'm surprised that it is so high," conservative strategist Mattie Duppler told Hill.TV. 

"I would be interested to know if those numbers were the same in the military community," she continued. "It's actually not that important for the president to visit a military zone as it is to show support for our military community, and certainly the best way he can do that is with policy that supports our military community." 

The American Barometer was conducted on Nov. 16-17 among 1,001 registered voters. The sampling margin of error is 3.1 percentage points. 

— Julia Manchester