Top US military officer reaches out to Capitol leaders

Воскресенье, 07 Июн, 2020

Separately Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, spoke out about George Floyd, the black American whose death in police custody that triggered the protests.

It's impossible to exaggerate the significance of former Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis' decision to speak out against President Trump's attempt to use the US military to advance a political agenda at a time of national trauma. Other military leaders soon followed.

"As defense leaders who share a deep commitment to the Constitution, to freedom and justice for all Americans, and to the extraordinary men and women who volunteer to serve and protect our nation, we call on the president to immediately end his plans to send active-duty military personnel into cities as agents of law enforcement, or to employ them or any another military or police forces in ways that undermine the constitutional rights of Americans", the former defense officials wrote Friday. "Never did I dream that troops taking the same oath would be ordered...to violate the Constitutional rights of their fellow citizens-much less to provide a freakish photo op for the elected commander-in-chief, with military leadership standing alongside".

Asked by Scaramucci if Trump is a "stable genius", as the president famously characterized himself January 6, 2018 following questions about the president's mental stability, Kelly begged off the question.

Within hours the president vowed in a tweet he would campaign against Murkowski in 2022, when she is up for reelection for her fourth term.

"I thought Gen. Mattis's words were true and honest and necessary and overdue", Murkowski told the The Washington Post on Thursday.

Rubio said that Esper's job shouldn't be in jeopardy and said he agreed with the defense secretary's comments that the military shouldn't be used to respond to protests.

USA media are reporting that Esper's pushback has angered the President.

The retired four-star Marine general made the remarks as Trump was widely criticized for a visit on Monday to St. John's Episcopal Church.

"I felt like perhaps we are getting to a point where we can be more honest with the concerns that we might hold internally - and have the courage of our own convictions to speak up".

But they became a flashpoint after the president declared during a Rose Garden speech to the nation that he would "deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem" if state and local officials didn't act. She said Trump's action supported "the use of tear gas by police officers in riot gear" to clear the area in front of the church.

Retired General Martin Dempsey, a former top United States commander, criticised Trump in a radio interview set to air on Friday.

"And so, you have to be very careful about the introduction of that force", Dempsey stressed.

Trump's press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, said the president was still willing to deploy federal troops, even after Esper's comments.

Former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, however, denied this was the situation.

Earlier that day, Mr Trump's current Defence Secretary Mark Esper had also spoken up. That's all just a bunch of chatter.

"He should be allowed to express his opinion and his advice should be heeded", said Senator Shelley Moore Capito, a Republican.

His statement was not revenge for the disrespect Mr. Trump had shown him, nor the words of a political naif who fails to see the big picture, as some said in trying to play down its significance.

As the Republican Party is struggling to defend him in a moment of nationwide strife, President Donald Trump decided Thursday night to fuel divisions within GOP rather than make nice.

"What is President Trump doing to this democracy?"

Milley also reached out Tuesday to Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY, said another person granted anonymity to discuss the situation.