John Kelly says Americans should ‘look harder at who we elect’

Clay Curtis
June 6, 2020

It's impossible to exaggerate the significance of former Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis' decision to speak out against President Trump's attempt to use the USA military to advance a political agenda at a time of national trauma.

Donald Trump was yesterday facing questions about whether military chiefs fully back his handling of the anti-racism protests after an excoriating rebuke by his former defence secretary gained the support of a Republican senator. "In the Great State of Alaska (which I love) campaigning against Senator Lisa Murkowski". Get any candidate ready, good or bad, I don't care, I'm endorsing. "I remain gravely concerned about President Trump's seemingly autocratic rule and how it affects the judgment of our military leadership".

More than 280 former senior US diplomats and military leaders came down on President Trump, saying the military has "no role" when Americans are exercising their right to free speech, according to a letter obtained by Foreign Policy.

Later Thursday, Murkowski delivered an impassioned floor speech about inequality struggles still facing Americans.

Murkowski had commended Mattis's comments and said publicly that she is "struggling" with the decision of whether to support Trump in his re-election. Writing in Foreign Policy magazine, retired Marine Corps Gen. John Allen, who commanded USA forces in Afghanistan, said that Trump "failed to project any of the higher emotions or leadership desperately needed in every quarter of this nation during this dire moment".

The big picture: Trump has been battling with the Pentagon this week over whether to deploy troops to cities across the squash protests that have followed the death of George Floyd. Asked for his thoughts on Mattis and Murkowski, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell offered no response.

As for Mattis, McConnell declined to comment.

Aside from Murkowski, Sen.

"Gen. Mattis' letter was stunning and powerful".

Sen. Tim Scott R-S.C. arrives for a Republican luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington Thursday
Sen. Tim Scott R-S.C. arrives for a Republican luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington Thursday

"I agree with him". I did fire James Mattis. "What a wonderful man".

The retired Marine General said he has watched this week's "unfolding events, angry and appalled" in an extraordinary statement published by The Atlantic.

Some Republicans were more direct in their disagreements with Mattis while also expressing praise for his time as defense secretary. In fact Mattis resigned, over the president's attempt to withdraw USA troops from Syria.

"Those aren't my words, so that's not the way I would describe a very hard time in our country", Sen. He said he didn't like Mattis' leadership style and is glad he's gone. John Cornyn of Texas and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin.

The national conversation has focused on the use of military powers to limit protest since Monday when the White House deployed the National Guard to sometimes violently clear streets of demonstrators.

"I don't want to see".

"The objective of the military is to train soldiers to treat the enemy as inferior human beings or not human beings at all because that makes them easier to kill", Sergeant Alan Kraus, a former Vietnam veteran, told the New York Times. "I think we should rely on the National Guard and before that and on police departments locally to handle the unrest". Tim Scott (R-S.C.) said President Trump has been uniting the country during this time.

On Friday, Esper ordered that active duty troops who were moved to the Washington DC area should return to their home base of Fort Drum in New York, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said. But he said he wasn't sure how secure Esper's job is now.

Armed Services Committee chairman Sen.

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