Republican senator says she's 'struggling' with supporting Donald Trump as protests continue

Republican senator says she's 'struggling' with supporting Donald Trump as protests continue

"I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act", he told reporters.

Retired Adm. Mike Mullen, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was equally scathing about Trump's performance at the church. "Now more than ever, it is absolutely crucial that Trump be held accountable for his reckless actions".

In what has been described as an extraordinary rebuke of a sitting United States President, former US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis on Wednesday harshly condemned Trump's use of the military against peaceful protesters. She said the image was against "the teachings of Jesus and everything that our church stands for". It turns out that some military leaders have a better understanding of the limited role of the military in a democracy than Trump does. That was a public break with the president, who threatened to use that power earlier this week.

In the face of all the criticism, the country's top general, Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, appeared to regret participating in the walk to St John's.

The President has repeatedly defended his response to the protests and even tweeted later Thursday evening that he didn't have a problem with the National Guard helicopter that was seen flying low over protesters in Washington on Monday night. Mattis said in a statement: "When I joined the military, some 50 years ago, I swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution".

President Donald Trump's inability to unify the nation at a time of grave unrest is testing his uneasy alliance with mainstream Republicans, some emboldened by Gen. James Mattis' plea for a leader who lives up to the USA ideals of a more flawless union.

The president didn't mince words with his response to Mattis.

Mr. Trump also continued to insist on Thursday that he had fired Mr. Mattis (he had made this claim on Wednesday as well). "He added that he did not like Mattis' "'leadership' style or much else about him, and many others agree, Glad he is gone!"

Asked Tuesday if he had confidence in Esper, Smith, said he "can't really answer that question at this point" until he speaks with the defense secretary, which he had not done yet despite requesting a conversation with him.

Mattis concluded with the statements, "The pandemic has shown us that it is not only our troops who are willing to offer the ultimate sacrifice for the safety of the community", but that we also "know that we are better than the abuse of executive authority that we witnessed in Lafayette Square".

Esper said he knew the group was going to St. John's.

"45 did not create the systemic racism that has caused this moment, but he has spent three years fanning the flames of hatred and spent the last week emboldening the police to continue their wanton aggression against peaceful protestors", Clarke, who represents the 9 Congressional District in Brooklyn, told Caribbean Life, alluding to Trump, the 45 President of the United States. The White House said the order to clear protesters came from Attorney General William Barr.

The defense leaders want the president to end any plan to send active-duty forces into cities and to avoid using them in any way that would threaten the constitutional rights of fellow Americans. He added, "We are not in one of those situations now".

Writing in The Atlantic, the former Defense Secretary had said Mr. Trump was trying to divide the country which had not, for years, had " mature leadership".

More than 280 former senior US diplomats and military leaders came down on President Trump, saying the military has "no role" when Americans are exercising their right to free speech, according to a letter obtained by Foreign Policy.

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