Trump is talking about using tanks to quell the George Floyd protests, but the Pentagon is getting cold feet

U.S. 2020/6/5

Trump is talking about using tanks to quell the George Floyd protests, but the Pentagon is getting cold feet

Members of the DC National Guard on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Tuesday during a peaceful protest against police brutality and the death of George Floyd.

Win McNamee/Getty Images

  • Defense Secretary Mark Esper´s remarks urging governors to "dominate the battlespace" amid the George Floyd protests were meant only as a show of support to the president, Pentagon officials told The Daily Beast.

  • President Donald Trump has said he´s considering invoking the Insurrection Act of 1807 to try to quell violent protests. At least 17,000 National Guard troops are already deployed nationwide.

  • He is also talking about using tanks on the streets.

  • Several governors and military officials have voiced concern at the use of troops in civilian areas.

  • The Pentagon is now distancing itself from Trump´s wish to send in troops regardless of states´ wishes, according to The Daily Beast.

0 0 Feedback
  • Your feedback has been submitted
Comments