Trump’s Protest Crisis Deepens With Rebukes From Defense ChiefsBy and
Mattis unloads on Trump after Pentagon Chief Esper pushes back
Trump pledging to force troops into states to quash protests
Donald Trump faced a direct challenge to his leadership from his current and former defense secretaries, who issued a pair of rare public dissents questioning the president’s threat to use military force against rolling, nationwide protests over police brutality.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper said in a news conference on Wednesday that he did not support invoking the 1807 Insurrection Act to quell protests using the military, saying National Guard troops are sufficient. Esper said active-duty troops should be a last resort, angering White House officials and Trump for what they regarded as a matter of breaking rank.