BREAKING: Trump went ballistic in the White House today when he heard Def Sec Esper went publicly against his plan to invade states with US military.
I don't often agree with Defense Secretary Esper, but he is right. Trump must end his ugly and racist declaration of war on Americans who are exercising their First Amendment right to peacefully protest. This is a democracy, not a dictatorship. https://t.co/5CEAFliqIh
Senior WH official says Esper's remarks this morning were received "very poorly" at WH.
I wonder what Secretary Esper will name his podcast?
McRaven, Dempsey, Mullen, Hagel, Pinetta, Stavridis, McCaffrey, Mattis, Esper. They all know more than the guy who says he knows more than the Generals.
So what's the over/under on when Esper gets fired?
All cops have been charged. Floyd's murdered is charged with murder 2. Protests are largely peaceful. Esper abandons Trump. Trump poll numbers awful. Oh, and HE HID IN A BUNKER. .
NEW: Defense Sec. Esper: "I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act."
“The option to use active-duty forces in a law enforcement role should only be used as a matter of last resort and only in the most ... dire of situations. We are not in one of those situations now.”
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—two former JCS chairs denounce Trump stunt
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things are changing five months before Election Day
Mattis vs Esper. Not even close. One resigned. One cowers like a fool as the leader of the greatest military in the world. Resign Esper.
अमेरिका के रक्षा मंत्री Mark Esper ने जनता के खिलाफ सेना उतारने से इंकार कर दिया। राष्ट्रपति ट्रंप से उन्होंने असहमति जताई है। रक्षा सचिव, अमेरिकी सेना के सर्वोच्च पदाधिकारी होते हैं। उन्हें पेंटागन चीफ भी कहा जाता है। व्हाइट हाउस नाराज है। हो सकता है उन्हे बर्खास्त कर दिया जाए।
Troops headed to La Fayette Park area which has been blocked today.
Defense Secretary Esper was going to pull back active military from DC this morning but decision reversed after White House meeting
NEWS: Trump had strong words for Esper in Oval today after Esper said at his news conference he opposes deploying active duty troops to contain protests, I'm told. Trump later privately asked advisers if they think Esper can still be an effective defense secretary.
Scoop: Trump confronted Esper in Oval today, in a mtg with VP, Barr, Milley, after Esper publicly said he opposes using Insurrection Act. Trump doesn't intend to invoke Act right now, either. Issue seems to be Esper got out ahead of Trump, breaking rank.
Defense Sec. Esper: "I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act."
"The option to use active-duty forces in a law enforcement role should only be used as a matter of last resort and only in the most urgent and dire of situations. We are not in one of those situations now."
El secretario de Defensa de EE.UU. no apoya la invocación de la Ley de Insurrección para desplegar militares y reducir las protestas
Esper this a.m. said active duty troops should be only a last resort, angering WH officials and Trump personally with what they viewed as a matter of breaking rank. Trump isn't planning to use active duty troops right now, but didn't want Esper publicly ruling it out, I'm told.
Sen. Duckworth on Defense Sec. Esper: "Instead of standing up to this president and saying, 'Sir, no, you're politicizing the military. This is not the appropriate use of our military.' Instead he went right along with it."
There are plenty of reasons to fire Esper, including public argument with the Commander-in-Chief, declaring he doesn't want DOD involved in politics as he makes political statements, all the while outside the chain of command. #MAGA @realDonaldTrump
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Good to know. “Pentagon officials note that the military is trained in using lethal power against foreign adversaries, not in law enforcement, and what is appropriate in Falluja is not in Farragut Square.” https://t.co/yf4XLdJ8yo
It's pretty simple Defense Secretary Esper found out who's really in charge. Esper you're expendable, just keep it up. If you have an issue, turn in your fucking resignation, and GTFO
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Something is happening.
Was June 3, 2020, the day when Donald Trump lost command over the federal troops? Defense Secretary Esper’s press conference at the Pentagon’s makes it look like that.
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BREAKING EXCLUSIVE: Trump is thinking about firing Secretary of Defense Mark Esper.
Mark Esper: “I do NOT support the invoking of the Insurrection Act.”
Well it doesn’t really matter what you support, because you weren’t elected Commander in Chief, Donald Trump was.
Show some respect and have our presidents back.
Listening to commanders I find Esper is reflecting what the leaders of all 4 branches of service are also saying behind closed doors.
This isn't just Esper, this is the ENTIRE U S. Military command structure saying this.
And their planning on evoking Constitutional law en mass.