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The Pentagon chief distances himself from Trump and excludes the use of the army to suppress the protests

June 3, 2020

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has marked distances to President Donald Trump and made it publicly clear that he is not in favor of relying on the Uprising Act so that the armed forces join security forces in the face of protests calling for George Floyd’s death.

Esper has argued that this law, which dates back to the early 19th century, “should only be used as a last resort and in the most pressing and extreme situations” and claims that the National Guard fits better at the level when reinforcement is needed internally .

“I am saying this not only as a defense minister, but also as a former soldier and former member of the National Guard,” said Esper in his first public statements since the turmoil that President Trump has advocated to appease at all costs. The Hill reports.

The Pentagon chief distances himself from Trump and excludes the use of the army to suppress the protestsThe Pentagon chief distances himself from Trump and excludes the use of the army to suppress the protests

Trump, who has spared no criticism of protesters shouting for racism after Floyd’s death, has threatened to rely on the Uprising Act this week if state and local authorities fail to take appropriate measures to curb protesters.