Secretary of Defense Mark Esper Called the U.S. a ‘Battlespace,’ Suddenly Changes His Mind and Breaks With Trump

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper repeatedly called the U.S. a “battlespace” and said that George Floyd protesters had to be dominated during a White House phone call to governors on June 1.

After facing public criticism and calls for his firing, Esper said during a briefing at the Pentagon on June 3 that he does not support using active duty troops against George Floyd protesters, which contradicts President Donald Trump’s threats to use the military now, notes CNN:

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. I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act.

Ten days after the killing of Floyd by Minneapolis police, Esper suddenly called the killing of Floyd a “horrible crime,” and added: “racism is real in America, and we must all do our very best to recognize it, to confront it, and to eradicate it.”

(Source: CNN, Photo Credit: CNBC)

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