Report: Trump Asked If Pentagon Could Use Tanks To Stop Protests

Artivia Tahir

President Trump requests the use of military force against protesters

President Trump has requested information from Pentagon officials about the kind of armored vehicles, military units, and “tanks” that could potentially be sent to quell the protests that erupted all over the United States following the death of George Floyd, according to The Daily Beast.

  • The president announced that he was prepared to send troops across the country, despite the fact that not a single governor requested additional military assistance from Defense Secretary Mark Esper.
  • The president also requested for military helicopters to fly low over protestors in the nation’s capital as part of a broader request from the White House to ramp up National Guard presence in the city.

During a photo op outside of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Lafayette Square, which was cleared of protesters using tear gas, the president decried the unrest.

He declared himself the “president of law and order” and said he would take all the necessary steps to suppress the unrest sweeping the country.

“I have strongly recommended to every governor to deploy the national guard in sufficient numbers. If a city or a state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem,” he added.

The severity of the president’s reaction has caused senior officials in the Pentagon to want to distance themselves from his words.

  • Pentagon officials shared that it was the White House and not the Department of Defense that pushed for greater military presence in the streets.
  • Senior Pentagon officials also disclosed that the department was unlikely to implement a plan that reflected the president’s rhetoric.

Read the full report.

Comments (5)
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TreseDani
TreseDani

He’s a fruitcake.

Kradek
Kradek

trump jst reflects the bigitry and hatred of his base. I remember the 60's when people said the next generation would outgrow their parents racism. THEY WERE WRONG! At least that generation never thought of tearing up the constitution and installing a fascist, theocratic dictatorship because they were so upset that America had elected a Black Man. There will be no democracy as long as republican traitors are allowed to live

anti-misogyny
anti-misogyny

The second that piece of shit is out of office I am filing a lawsuit for "intentional infliction of emotional distress" I suggest that all 300 million of us that are not MAGA white supremacists do the exact same thing - we need to take what is most important to him - money - since he can't really get away with grabbing Ivanka by the pussy it's money... He seriously makes me shake in anger any time I see his ugly orange fat face or hear his stupid slurring voice. he is dangerous to our country and is responsible for all of the hate on both sides of his fence

donnaree8888
donnaree8888

There he goes again.
Soon they'll be taking away our Bibles.
This man is psychiatric for real.
Whoes crazy now?
The world is coming to an end.
Please I'm begging you
Don't vote this man,
and I use this term loosely
We've already established he's a demon
Let's run with that.
I wonder if there is a tale?????

mae1958
mae1958

He's been itching to see tanks rolling in the streets since calling for a military crackdown. Probably watching too many newsreels of Hitler and Tiananmen Square.


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