After being condemned by military leaders, Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, issued an apology for taking part in President Donald Trump’s upside down Bible stunt, which was preceded by gassing peaceful protesters on June 1.
Milley made his apology in a pre-recorded video commencement address to National Defense University, notes the New York Times:
I should not have been there. My presence in that moment and in that environment created a perception of the military involved in domestic politics.
Days before the photo op debacle, Milley reportedly argued with Trump who wanted to send U.S. troops into the streets. Milley argued that the scattered fires and looting should be handled by the states, not the military, which Trump wanted to do.