VP Harris repeatedly fails to salute military on Air Force Two, breaking with precedent https://t.co/ToAd7T6din— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 24, 2021
Prior to Ronald Reagan's presidency, presidents did not return salutes out of respect for the principle of civilian control of the military. Not even retired 5-star Dwight Eisenhower returned salutes when he was president. Be that as it may, as commander-in-chief of the armed forces, the president is part of the chain of command. The vice president has absolutely no authority over the military and is not part of the chain of command. VPs should not return salutes. If any did so in the past, they were wrong to do it.