US President Donald Trump told his advisers at one point this past week he wanted 10,000 troops to deploy to the Washington DC area to halt civil unrest over the killing of a black man by Minneapolis police, according to a senior US official.
The account of Trump’s demand during a heated Oval Office conversation on Monday shows how close the president may have come to fulfilling his threat to deploy active duty troops, despite opposition from Pentagon leadership.
At the meeting, Defense Secretary Mark Esper, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, and Attorney General William Barr recommended against such a deployment, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. The meeting was “contentious,” the official added.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
ICYMI: A massive #BlackLivesMatter mural in street-width yellow letters has been painted near the White House in Washington, DC, as protests over the death of #GeorgeFloyd continue.https://t.co/REigU40BpU pic.twitter.com/c24YAIACMw— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) June 6, 2020
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Watch: Thousands of protesters are marching in #WashingtonDC as rallies across the US to protest the killing of a black man in Minneapolis police custody entered a 12th day and officials moved to rein in law enforcement tactics.#GeorgeFloydProtestshttps://t.co/xDm1VSuhkl pic.twitter.com/uXEmBafy9U— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) June 6, 2020