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Defense Secretary Esper breaks with Trump, opposes using military for protests

1 month ago   |   By WGN TV

WASHINGTON - Breaking with President Donald Trump, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Wednesday he opposes using military forces for law enforcement in containing current street protests.
Esper said the Insurrection Act, which would allow Trump to use active-duty military for law enforcement in containing street protests, should be invoked in the United States “only in the most urgent and dire of situations.” He declared, “We are not in one of those situations now.”
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Defense Secretary Mark Esper opposes Trump on use of military in riots

Defense Secretary Mark Esper opposes Trump on use of military in riots

1 month ago   |   By New York Post

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Wednesday that he opposes the use of the military to quell violence in US cities, a stance that runs counter to President Trump's vow to invoke the Insurrection Act of 1807 in states with uncontrolled looting. Esper also said at a morning press conference he was unaware that he...
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Esper opposes using Insurrection Act for law enforcement

Esper opposes using Insurrection Act for law enforcement

1 month ago   |   By Boston Herald

By ZEKE MILLER, JONATHAN LEMIRE, MICHAEL BALSAMO and ROBERT BURNS
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Wednesday he opposes use of Insurrection Act, which would allow President Donald Trump to use active-duty forces for law enforcement duties.
Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon, Esper said active-duty troops in a law enforcement role should be used in the United States “only in the most urgent and dire of situations,” adding, “We are not in one of those situations now.”
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