Defense Secretary Esper breaks with Trump, does not support deploying active troops to riot areas

by Bryan Brammer · Jun 3rd, 2020 1:25 pm
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Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced Wednesday that he does not support President Trump's call to deploy active-duty troops into the U.S. to quell riots incited by the death of George Floyd.

"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 situations," Epser said during a press briefing. "We are not in one of those situations now. I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act."

Trump said on Monday he was "mobilizing all available federal resources, civilian and military" to help end the riots across the country.

🔦 The Insurrection Act was last invoked in 1992 to terminate the violent protests in Los Angeles after the trial of Rodney King.

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