Esper says military should be used to quell unrest in US only as last resort
- 03 June 2020
US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper has stated that he doesn't support the idea of using the Insurrection Act in order to deploy military forces in American cities to quell the ongoing violent riots, which were originally sparked by the death of African-American man George Floyd, APA reports citing Sputnik.
He opined that active duty troops should be used only as a last resort, when nothing else can help.
Esper also commented on a media report which said that he had referred to the riot-engulfed US cities as a "battlespace", admitting that he had used the phrase in conversation with President Donald Trump. The Pentagon chief explained that the term was used as military lexicon and added that had he had a chance to use another phrase, he would have done so.
Previously, an American media outlet cited several current and former Pentagon officials as being "concerned" over Esper's purported agreement with Trump's plans to deploy the military to stop the violent protests in the country.