Sec of Defense Esper has been backing away from supporting Trump and AG Barr’s efforts to use the active military to ‘dominate’ protestor’s as Trump spoke about…
National Guard troops under the control of governors have been deployed around the country to ‘assist local and state police units on protest duty….
The Trump White House people are NOT happy with Esper’s move to distance himself from them , siding with his US Military people who do NOT want to be politically involved with Trump & Co….
Active-duty troops brought in to help if needed with the civil unrest in the nation’s capitol are beginning to return to their home base, after two days of more peaceful demonstrations in Washington, D.C., senior defense officials told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
The officials said that about 200 soldiers with the 82nd Airborne’s immediate response force will be the first to leave on Wednesday, returning to their base at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The remainder of the active-duty troops, who have all been kept at military bases outside the city in northern Virginia and Maryland, will also get pulled home in the coming days if conditions allow, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss imminent troop movements. The active-duty troops were available, but were not used in response to the protests.
The departure of the troops comes as Defense Secretary Mark Esper told reporters Wednesday that current conditions do not warrant using military forces for law enforcement in containing the protests. President Donald Trump has in recent days talked about using the military to quell violent protests in U.S. cities.
About 1,300 active-duty troops were brought in to the Capitol region early this week as protests turned violent, in the aftermath of the death in Minnesota of a black man, George Floyd, who died after a white police officer pressed his knee to Floyd’s neck for several minutes….