Republican senators respond to James Mattis' statement regarding leadership of President Trump

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Writing in The Atlantic, the former Defense Secretary had said Mr. Trump was trying to divide the country which had not, for years, had " mature leadership".

Mattis, Trump's defense secretary until December 2018, watched the developments "angry and appalled" and let rip his disapproval Wednesday night in a denunciation that rippled through Republican ranks.

Public opinion polling has alternatively suggested that most Americans support using the military to restore order, and that most Americans believe that even violent protests are at least "partially" justified.

Former Secretary of Defense James Mattis recently broke his silence regarding President Trump by prompting several Republican senators to answer if they back the retired marine general or the president.

A Republican senator broke with her party yesterday to describe a former Pentagon chief's searing rebuke of Donald Trump as "necessary and overdue", and revealed she was struggling with whether to support the United States president's re-election.

As protests across the U.S. continued in the aftermath of last week's the police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, visible rifts have emerged between U.S. President Donald Trump and some his current and former Republican colleagues over the President's handling of the protests.

A senior Justice Department official said intelligence gathered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows that antifa and other groups have been involved in some of the protests around the U.S. There have been "multiple instances" in which people who have been arrested have identified themselves to law enforcement as members of antifa, the official said.

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Protests have intensified in recent days, particularly in Washington, D.C. Trump made no attempt to link Floyd's death to any broader question.

"The President's shameless, unconstitutional, unprovoked and frankly criminal attack on protesters because he disagreed with their views shakes the foundation of our nation's constitutional order", said Scott Michelman, legal director at ACLU's Washington DC branch. "Glad he is gone!"

"The actions of the government caused harm and were meant to chill the speech and right to assembly of people exercising constitutionally protected rights", Clarke continued. Similar messages were delivered by other top military leaders. "We can unite without him, drawing on the strengths inherent in our civil society", he added.

Esper said he also regretted urging governors on Monday to "dominate the battlespace" when dealing with protests.

Karl placed "news conference" in quotes because though it was billed as such by the White House press office, Trump did not take any questions from reporters during the 53-minute event.

"We must not be distracted by a small number of lawbreakers", Mr Mattis wrote.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Thursday ordered a portion of the active-duty troops he had deployed to military installations on the outskirts of Washington, D.C., to return to their home base, defense officials said.

"If we are to fulfill our obligation as service members, as Americans, as decent human beings, we have to take our oath seriously", said Air Force General Joseph Lengyel, the chief of the Guard. "We can not abide divisiveness and hate".

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