Senior Pentagon officials are distancing themselves from President Donald Trump’s move to military gas protesters so he can so he could walk to St. John’s church and do a photo-op with an upsidedown Bible.
Trump’s decision came in response to reports that he was rushed to the bunker as protesters surrounded the White House.
But Secretary Mark Esper and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley didn’t intend to be part of Trump’s photo-op, said Missy Ryan at the Washington Post.
After the briefing from the president when Trump announced he was going to “a very special place,” Esper and Milley left, intending to review National Guard troops in the area, Missy said.
Senior defense official says Defense Sec Esper and CJCS Milley weren't intending to take part in Pres Trump's event outside St John's church opposite the WH and had left WH following a briefing and were intending to review NG troops in the area.
— Missy Ryan (@missy_ryan) June 2, 2020
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