Following Mattis: More in the GOP frown on Trump's tone

Following Mattis: More in the GOP frown on Trump's tone

Following Mattis: More in the GOP frown on Trump's tone

"That's not the way I would describe what is a very hard time in our country", Republican Senator Marco Rubio said, according to Politico.

"There is both a legal basis and a long historical precedent for using our National Guard and, if necessary, federal troops to put down domestic violence".

Chief among them was that of Mr Mattis, a four-star general who Mr Trump picked as his defence secretary when he took office in January 2017. The president held a Christian holy book in one hand. It argues that Mr Trump, Attorney General William Barr and other officials "unlawfully conspired to violate" the protesters' rights when clearing Lafayette Park on Monday.

As protests across the U.S. continued in the aftermath of last week's the police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, visible rifts have emerged between U.S. President Donald Trump and some his current and former Republican colleagues over the President's handling of the protests. She said the image was against "the teachings of Jesus and everything that our church stands for". On Monday, he declared himself "your President of law and order" as the peaceful protesters just outside the White House gates were dispersed with gas, flash bangs and rubber bullets, apparently so he could visit a nearby church. The role of the USA military in domestic US law enforcement is limited by law.

Mattis isn't alone among military figures in criticizing the president.

But on Tuesday, retired admiral Mike Mullen said: "The events of the past few weeks have made it impossible to remain silent".

I'll gladly defer to presidential historians who can speak to this with more authority than I can, but I'm at a loss trying to think of a historical parallel for this in the American tradition.

Mr Trump dismissed his former defence secretary's statement on Twitter.

John Kelly didn't know I was going to fire James Mattis, nor did he have any knowledge of my asking for a letter of resignation. "Never did I dream that troops taking the same oath would be ordered...to violate the Constitutional rights of their fellow citizens-much less to provide a weird photo op for the elected commander-in-chief, with military leadership standing alongside". "Instead he tries to divide us", and that "We can unite without him, drawing on the strengths inherent in our civil society".

But he and Ms Murkowski appear to be Republican outliers, as the party has largely declined to embrace Mr Mattis' view that Mr Trump is a threat to the US Constitution. "She voted against HealthCare, Justice Kavanaugh, and much else..."

Mattis was Trump's first defense secretary.

In fact Mattis resigned, over the president's attempt to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria.

The White House has prohibited officials from the administration from testifying before the House unless they have cleared any appearances with the White House chief of staff.

The authors, 89 formal defense officials including people like former defense secretaries Leon Panetta, Chuck Hagel, Ashton Carter, and William Cohen, called Trump's pledge to send the military into USA cities to respond to unrest was "shocking". "He's an American patriot; he's an individual whose judgment I respect", Romney said. But he said, "I was not aware a photo op was happening".

"I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act", Mr Esper said, referring to the 1807 law Mr Trump wants to use to activate armed military personnel for policing riot-hit cities. He added, "We are not in one of those situations now".

The outreach comes as Milley and Defense Secretary Mark Esper have tried to contain damage in the aftermath of Monday's walk with Trump.

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