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White House reportedly 'not happy' with Pentagon chief after he broke with Trump on using combat troops to confront protesters

One year ago   |   By Business Insider

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper reportedly caught the White House off guard Wednesday when he said that he opposed sending active-duty troops to respond to protests and unrest except in the "most urgent and dire of situations."
Esper said Wednesday that the current situation did not merit such a drastic response and that he does not support invoking the Insurrection Act, which allows the president to deploy the military to quell domestic unrest.
CNN, as well as other outlets, reported that top White House officials are "not happy" with Esper's remarks.
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Pentagon chief opposes Trump threat to deploy military at protests

Pentagon chief opposes Trump threat to deploy military at protests

One year ago   |   By The Guardian

Mark Esper categorically opposes using the Insurrection Act Mounting disquiet over the increasingly militarized response The US defence secretary has opposed Donald Trump's threatened use of the Insurrection Act to allow active duty troops to be deployed in American cities. Mark Esper was speaking to journalists in the Pentagon amid mounting disquiet about the increasingly militarized response to the George Floyd protests.
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