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'Lay down your arms, uphold your oath': Former military leaders and lawmakers resoundingly blast Trump's idea of deploying US troops on American streets

1 month ago   |   By Business Insider

President Donald Trump's message of using federalized troops to quell the George Floyd protests caught the ire of congressional lawmakers with national security experience and retired senior military officials.
The Insurrection Act was last invoked during the Los Angeles riots in 1992.
Previous presidents were explicitly asked by state leaders for federal military aid.
"America is not a battleground. Our fellow citizens are not the enemy," retired US Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on Twitter.
"I am less confident in the soundness of the...
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'We don't know any more than you know': Lawmakers in the dark about how Trump is using military against protests

'We don't know any more than you know': Lawmakers in the dark about how Trump is using military against protests

1 month ago   |   By Business Insider

National Guardsmen have been deployed across the country in response to protests against police violence, and President Donald Trump has threatened to send active-duty troops to quell further unrest.
But the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee says the rhetoric from the White House and Pentagon is troubling, and many questions how what the military is doing remain unanswered.
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