US Defense Chief Defies Trump, Opposes Using Military During Unrest

By Kyodo News 4 June 2020

WASHINGTON—US President Donald Trump on Wednesday faced opposition from both the incumbent and his former defense chief over an idea to deploy the military to quell widespread civil unrest sparked by the death of a black man at the hands of the police.

“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,” Defense Secretary Mark Esper said at a press conference.

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