Essentially Trump tried to declare war on the citizens of Washington DC.
Courtesy of CNN:
The White House wanted to have 10,000 active duty troops on the streets of Washington and other cities earlier this week to quell protesters, but Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint of Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley pushed back at the use of any active duty troops, according to a senior defense official.
Esper did move approximately 1,600 active duty troops to be in the Washington, DC, region to respond if needed but the approximately 5,000 National Guard troops already there never needed assistance and the active troops began to leave Thursday night.
A second defense official said Milley strongly felt the threshold — informally described as dire circumstances — for calling in active duty troops could not be met, opening the door to whether such a potential presidential order would be legal.
A congressional source confirmed a Milley call with Senate Democrat leader Senator Chuck Schumer on Monday. A defense official also confirmed a call with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday. The official said several other calls were made by Milley to Congress.
While the exact discussions with the Democratic congressional leaders have not been disclosed, by Monday night Milley had already had tense words with Trump that active duty military troops against protesters in DC was absolutely not needed despite the President’s threats, several officials confirmed.
The second defense official said despite a Saturday White House statement of support for Esper, both men remain aware they are at risk of Trump’s ire and there is always the possibility their jobs are at risk.
This is the same kind of thing that we have been hearing since the very beginnings of this presidency.
Trump wanting to misuse his office in some way, and being told no by cooler heads.
Cooler heads, by the way, that he eventually kicks to the curb.
So once this option was blocked Trump somehow created his own force using police, federal agents, and prison guards.
You know what they say, “Eventually the Fuhrer gets, what the Fuhrer wants.”