Washington: US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper rejected Donald Trump’s deployment of the military to quell protests. The violent bombardment by former leaders of the Pentagon including Jim Mattis made special envoys Lamp’s relationship with the US military is in danger.
Esper announced on Wednesday that his opposition active-duty soldiers have quelled nationwide protests against police brutality, an extraordinary promotion of the official commander-in-chief of the armed forces.
“I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act,” Esper said, referring to the 1807 law Trump has wanted to use to activate armed military personnel for policing riot-hit cities.
Hours later Esper s predecessor Jim Mattis delivered a lashing attack against Trump.
“When I joined the military, some 50 years ago, I swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution,” he wrote.
“Never did I dream that troops taking that same oath would be ordered under any circumstance to violate the Constitutional rights of their fellow citizens,” Mattis said, referring to the right to protest.
Mattis, who served as Trump s defense secretary for two years before resigning on bad terms, even noted that the German Nazis swore by the creed “divide and conquer.”
“Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people — does not even pretend to try. Instead he tries to divide us,” Mattis said.