Pentagon Adviser Resigns, Slams Defense Secretary Esper Over Trump Photo-Op

'Where will you draw the line, and when will you draw it?' James N. Miller, a former defense official, wrote.

6/3/2020 6:45:00 PM

'Where will you draw the line, and when will you draw it?' James N. Miller, a former defense official, wrote.

'Where will you draw the line, and when will you draw it?' James N. Miller, a former defense official, wrote in his resignation letter to Esper.

staged a photo-op a day earlier.James N. Miller, who served as the under secretary of defense for policy from 2012 to 2014, announced his departure from the Defense Science Board in a fiery letter of resignation addressed to Esper andpublished in The Washington Post

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.Miller accused Esper of violating his oath of office by appearing to support the use of tear gas and rubber bullets to clear a crowd of peaceful anti-racism protesters near the White House so Trump could pose for a photo holding a Bible outside St. John’s Episcopal Church.

“You may not have been able to stop President Trump from directing this appalling use of force, but you could have chosen to oppose it,” wrote Miller, who joined the science board in 2014. “Instead, you visibly supported it.”“Anyone who takes the oath of office must decide where he or she will draw the line: What are the things that they will refuse to do?” he added. “I must now ask: If last night’s blatant violations do not cross the line for you, what will?”

Trump’s photo-op and his administration’s decision to use aggressive tactics to clear protesters ― all before the city’s curfew went into effect that night ― drew outrage from Democratic lawmakers and thebishopsin charge of St. John’s Church.At the photo-op, Esper stood beside Trump in front of the church, which had been vandalized during the protests a day earlier, along with Attorney General William Barr, national security adviser Robert O’Brien, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.

ASSOCIATED PRESSPresident Donald Trump stands outside St. John's Church across Lafayette Park by the White House on Monday, June 1, in Washington, D.C. Part of the church was set on fire during protests Sunday night. Standing with Trump are Defense Secretary Mark Esper, from left, Attorney General William Barr, White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The Pentagon has since tried to distance itself from the incident. Esper said Tuesday that he “didn’t know” where he was going when he left the White House with Trump that night.“I thought I was going to do two things: to see some damage and to talk to the troops,” he told

NBC News, adding: “I didn’t know where I was going. I wanted to see how much damage actually happened.”Esper said he had “no idea” at the time about plans to disperse the crowd. He said he thought the excursion would be a chance to thank National Guard troops who had been called in to help respond to the protests.

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In his resignation letter, Miller condemned Esper for sending an “extremely dangerous signal” by suggesting that governors should “dominate the battlespace” when handling the nationwide protests sparked by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

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He stood with Trump in the infamous photo op, with the head of the Joint Chiefs nearby. Просто оставайтесь дома Finally, somebody has a backbone. Wow - there still is hope. - courage ! Vote blue all the way in November Very few in this administration have any backbone. Glad to see a few stand up to the trump tyranny.

Former Defense official resigns from Pentagon post, slams Esper for role in Trump photo opIn an extraordinary resignation letter, provided to The Washington Post, a Pentagon official resigned citing Secretary of Defense Mark Esper's role in President Donald Trump's photo op. Don is the next, resign! lookner RIP David Dorn DavidDorn

Pentagon didn't expect Trump to deploy more troops after Esper call - Business InsiderBusiness Insider is a fast-growing business site with deep financial, media, tech, and other industry verticals. Launched in 2007, the site is now the largest business news site on the web. The Media thinks WE ARE STUPID ! I think Esper’s Shaggy impersonation last night made that clear.

Defense Secy. Esper clarifies circumstances of Trump’s church photo-op, National Guard's actionsAt a Pentagon briefing, Defense Secretary Mark Esper also told reporters he does not support invoking the Insurrection Act and denied reports that the National Guard fired tear gas at White House protesters this week. This is protest against cruelty,discrimination not for separate America.Why, sedition laws? Q Yes and when you post this also say that he was entering a battlefield. Stop giving half truths

Esper opposes using Insurrection Act for law enforcementWASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Wednesday he opposes use of Insurrection Act, which would allow President Donald Trump to use active-duty forces for law enforcement... He said something positive for American people, this can't stand obviously he's Un-American and Trump will fix that Is 'Esper' he going to regale the American Public with harrowing stories of 'Owning the Battle Space' down at the corner of 5th and Main? What a ********* disgrace.

Defense Secretary Esper on Trump church photo-op: 'I didn't know where I was going'In an exclusive interview, Esper also said he had “no idea” about the plan to use force to disperse protesters ahead of Trump’s staged visit to St. John’s Church. Into fascism, that where he was headed. If you don’t know where you’re going, maybe don’t just follow. So he will follow someone without any direction

Trump's church photo-op took Esper, Milley by surpriseDefense Sec. Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Milley were caught by surprise Monday night when they were led to St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington in a staged visit for President Trump, a defense official says. He's enough. Sure they were. COWARDS Funny, I didnt see anyone dragging them there? They could have, you know...stopped moving their feet and stopped walking