Washington, D.C. – Republican Senators Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Mitt Romney (Utah) today emphasized the importance that, from the military sector, former Secretary of Defense James Mattis denounced the rhetoric that President Donald Trump uses in the midst of the crisis in the United States. United.
Senator Murkowski went further, saying she has a hard time supporting Trump in the November presidential election.
“General Mattis’s words were true, honest, necessary for a time. I have been fighting for the right words and I was encouraged a couple of nights ago when I was able to read what President (George W.) Bush had written, ”Senator Murkowski said, answering questions on Capitol Hill.RELATED
Murkowski said that after reading Mattis’ comments, he considered that “perhaps we are reaching a point where we can be more honest with the concerns we might have internally and have the courage of our own convictions to express ourselves.”
On Monday, amid massive protests across the United States to denounce black George Floyd police killings, racism and police brutality, Trump threatened to launch active Army troops onto American streets to contain unrest.
Moments later, his attorney general, William Barr, ordered the forcible eviction of a peaceful rally around the White House, allowing Trump to walk to the damaged St. John Episcopal Church on Sunday to head a photoshoot, including with his Defense Secretary Mark Esper and the chief of staff of the United States Armed Forces, General Mark Milley.
“From the news clips I have seen, protesters outside the White House acted in an orderly manner and were non-violent. They should not have been forcibly removed without prior notice, especially when the apparent purpose was to organize a photo session, ”Senator Romney told the Star Lake Tribune newspaper.
Romney was the only one of the Republican senators who voted earlier this year to remove President Trump for curbing military assistance to pressure the Ukrainian government to investigate former Vice President Joseph Biden and his son Hunter.
“Donald Trump is the first president of my life who does not try to unite the American people, does not even intend to. Instead, it is trying to divide us, “said the Trump administration’s first secretary of defense, retired general Mattis.
Mattis criticized Trump’s interest in invoking the Insurrection Act of 1807 that would allow him to activate the Army or federalize the National Guard, which has been mobilized in several states at the request of the governors.
That same Wednesday morning, after being censored for participating in the photoshoot and describing the American streets as a “battle site,” Defense Secretary Esper, who replaced Mattis, sought to disassociate himself from Trump’s interest in launching active troops. from the Army to the American streets.
“The option of using active duty forces in law enforcement functions should only be used as a last resort and only in the most urgent and serious situations. We are not in one of those situations right now. I don’t support invoking the Insurrection Law, “said Esper, contradicting Trump.
Meanwhile, retired General John Allen, who commanded the US forces in Afghanistan, stated in Foreign Affairs that for Trump it was not enough “to deprive peaceful protesters of their rights of the first amendment”, but also sought to legitimize that action seeking to place ” a religious cloak ”.
“That is what happens in authoritarian regimes,” Allen later told CNN.
This morning, the White House extended the perimeter of an eight-foot temporary gate that it has installed to keep protesters away.