Pentagon chief shot down his ideas of using active-duty troops to quell protests across the United States, and former military leaders are going after him, too. in an extraordinary clash between the U.S. military and its commander in chief.
Both Trump and Defense Secretary Mark Esper are both drawing stinging , rare public criticism from Trump's first defense secretary, Jim Mattis, in the most public pushback of Trump’s presidency from the men he put at the helm of the world’s most powerful military.
Esper angered Trump when he said he opposed using military troops for law enforcement, seemingly taking the teeth out if the president's threat to use the Insurrection Act. Esper said the 1807 law should be invoked in the United States “only in the most urgent and dire of situations.” “We are not in one of those situations now.”