Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Defense Secretary Walk the Streets in D.C. as Trump Activates Troops

US Attorney General William Barr (L) and US Defense Secretary Mark Esper walk around downtown Washington, DC during curfew on June 1, 2020. - Police fired tear gas outside the White House late Sunday as anti-racism protestors again took to the streets to voice fury at police brutality, and major …
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Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Mark Milley walked the streets of Washington, D.C., after President Trump activated and deployed National Guardsmen and active-duty military forces to the nation’s capitol in a show of force.

Milley told reporters that his message was, “To allow freedom to assemble, freedom of speech — that’s perfectly fine. We support that, we took an oath of allegiance to the Constitution of the United States of America to do that, to protect everyone’s rights, and that’s what we do.”

“We’ve got the D.C. National Guard out here and I’m just checking on them and seeing how well they’re doing,” he added.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Attorney General Bill Barr were also seen walking around, visiting police lines.

Army Blackhawk helicopters were also flying over the capitol after the curfew went into effect at 7:00 p.m.

The show of force comes after rioters looted stores, defaced national monuments, and burned a historic church a block away from the White House.

Trump fully activated the D.C. National Guard on Sunday afternoon, adding hundreds more soldiers and airmen to help quell violence on the streets of the city, and on Monday, ordered active-duty military police and infantry forces to the area.

After Trump’s orders, eyewitnesses said the streets of D.C. were much quieter.

Meanwhile, violence continued to rage in other cities. In Buffalo, New York, a protester reportedly ran over a group of police officers.

 

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